DCF COMMISSIONER “OUT OF OFFICE;” VM ONLY AT GOVERNORS’ OFFICES
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 25, 2014) — On Tuesday morning, after reading coverage of Justina Pelletier’s case at The Blaze, The Post & Email sent the following email to the commissioner of DCF for the state of Massachusetts:
JUSTINA PELLETIER – MEDIA INQUIRY
Hello, I am editor of an electronic newspaper and am seeking information on the case of Justina Pelletier.
I realize that by state law, you cannot disclose juvenile court records or discuss specific aspects of the case. However, in general, I would like to know why the child is being allowed to suffer with pain by your agency.
I would also like to know why the doctors at BCH believe they know better than the doctors at Tufts, who diagnosed and were treating Justina’s condition.
Also, does the department plan on pursuing the charge against the father for contempt of court?
Do you believe that there are instances where DCF oversteps its authority? Was the case really made that the parents were not able to make proper decisions in Justina’s medical care?
If Justina’s condition should become life-threatening without proper medical treatment, what will the department do then?
Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
P.O. Box 195
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
We immediately received the following reply:
Out of Office: JUSTINA PELLETIER – MEDIA INQUIRY
DCF Commissioner (DCF) (email@example.com) Add to contacts 8:29 AM
To: Sharon Rondeau
If you are writing to report a case of abuse or neglect, please call the Child At Risk Hotline at: 1-800-792-5200.
For a listing of local DCF offices , please visit: mass.gov/dcf.
At 8:47 a.m. EST, The Post & Email placed a call to Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office. Identifying ourselves as both media and a constituent, our information was taken and we were transferred to the voice mail of Samia Hernandez, where we left a message asking if the governor intended to play any role at all in reuniting the Pelletier family.
We then contacted Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s office. The “general mailbox” number of 617.725.4005 initially said that it “is not available,” but we were able to leave a message with our contact information and the same question as was asked of Malloy.
In January, the U.S. Department of Justice solicited documented cases of abuse committed by DCF agencies in all 50 states. Bloggers, reporters and private citizens have reported on the following over the last several years, which is by no means exhaustive:
For 18 months, The Post & Email has followed the case of the Henderson family in California, whose eight children were taken away after their parents were falsely jailed in 2011. From what we understand, seven of the children have been placed in a track to be adopted against the wishes of the parents, who have tried desperately to regain custody for nearly four years. The parents ultimately separated, and both are penniless as of our last communications with them.
Prior to World War II, the Nazi regime in Germany kidnapped children from Poland and other nearby countries in order to “Germanize” them. According to Wikipedia:
The aim of the project was to acquire and “Germanize” children with purportedly Aryan–Nordic traits, who were considered by Nazi officials to be descendants of German settlers that had emigrated to Poland. Those labeled “racially valuable” were forcibly Germanized in centers and then sent to German families and SS Home Schools. In the case of older children used as forced labor in Germany those determined to be racially un-“German” were sent to extermination camps and concentration camps, where they were either to be murdered or forced to serve as living test subjects in German medical experiments and thus often tortured or killed in the process.
Is more government better, or less?
Justina’s father told Megyn Kelly of Fox News on Friday that Justina is “wasting away.” On Tuesday, Grassfire issued a statement from Atty. Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, which is defending Justina’s father on a charge of contempt of court for defying a judge’s gag order, which said that Justina’s case is “far worse than anyone knows.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.