Living next to the great Bay State, one can’t help noticing events and issues that drive Massachusetts in one political direction or another. The death penalty has been one such issue that periodically raises its head, only to get tamped down again like the wayward nail that pokes up from the middle of the third step in your basement stairs. Pound it down again and you’re good for another six months or so until the underlying issues of why it pokes up in the first place forces it back in front of your inattentive step and hooks on your slipper, sending you sprawling on your ass, determined that next time you’ll put in a dammed screw instead.

Mass DCF; Losing your kids since 1969.

Mass DCF; Losing your kids since 1969.

Just who does the state sentence to death if the punishment isn’t on the books? And what might be the justification? Well, to begin with, the death penalty as applied to the good citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts isn’t applied by the legal system. No, it’s administered by the ruling political class, those elites who huddle in Boston, safely elected by those who want nothing more than to be lead like sheep to the slaughter. Ye reap what ye sow.
The Department Of Children and Families was responsible for over ninety-five children who have died while in their care since 2001. The numbers could be higher though, as the department has not released details since 2011. Of course, we don’t have a body yet, but one must sadly add Jeremiah Oliver to the count. Last seen in September, he wasn’t reported missing until December 2nd when his seven-year-old sister told her school counselors that she and her siblings were being abused by her mother’s boyfriend and she hadn’t seen her little brother for weeks. DCF was involved with the family but failed to make monthly home visits to ensure the well-being of all the children. No one can adequately explain why those visits never took place; I’ll bet that if the DCF had more money, everything would be hunky-dory. Right. Wait for it, it’ll come.
Jeremiah is not unique.  Five-month-old Marlon Santos is missing too. Like Jeremiah, Marlon was missing for months before anyone noticed he was gone. His foster father who already had a criminal record was later convicted of abusing other foster children. Makes your head spin doesn’t it. Criminal record, but DCF doesn’t monitor the home. Child goes missing and yet, this cretin is still allowed access to other foster children?
Fast forward to Justina Pelletier. Massachusetts Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Johnston awarded custody of Justina to the state yesterday; in effect, awarded her custody to the DCF. The ruling means that the DCF gets to “decide whether or when Pelletier should be returned to her West Hartford, Conn., home.” Thank goodness she’s confined to a residential facility in Framingham or the DCF might not be able to find her. Hopefully, they have the location entered into their GPS. State privacy laws being what they are, I cannot determine on what basis Judge Johnston made his decision to turn her over to the incompetent political hacks at the DCF. He may know something about the parents that we don’t. Okay, point conceded. But why DCF? The child is a resident of Connecticut; why not send her to the authorities in her home state? Does he know something about Connecticut’s department of children’s welfare? Could they possibly be any more dangerous to the welfare of their charges than DCF has been to the children of Massachusetts? In fact, he faulted Connecticut’s child protection agency for failing to get involved in the case in the first place. He never posits why they would need to any more than why Massachusetts DCF should now have custody. Wonderful things those privacy laws. The general public has no right to know why the Connecticut DCF is sub-par, while he considers the Mass version to be far superior, even given the fact that Mass DCF loses children on a regular basis with many ending up dead. Really, this isn’t like a messy divorce where the dissolution of the marriage and the facts of the proceedings have little to no impact on the population at large. We don’t need to know the sordid details of the Jones’ messy divorce. But here we have a rather renowned hospital legally kidnapping a child over a diagnostic dispute, leveling vague charges against the parents, supported by the state through the power of the DCF all supported by a juvenile court judge. He did throw out this tidbit of information though. He faults the parents “for being verbally abusive and their poor decision-making that has sabotaged efforts to move their daughter back home.” Sorry, but if my daughter had been diagnosed by another renowned hospital and you withhold treatment, then limit my access to her to one hour a week, chances are pretty high I’d be verbally abusive too.
What we are seeing here is an over-reach, a display of raw, arrogant power of the state. By all accounts I can find, Justina’s health is failing every day. This judge has sentenced her to a slow painful death so the Boston Children’s Hospital can maintain their argument that her issue is psychiatric. He supports BCH’s and DCF’s claims that her parents and Tufts Medical Center were subjecting her to medical abuse. And of course, her parents are verbally abusive to DCF and BCH as well, so there you are.
Be afraid Boston, be very afraid. When you next bring your child to the hospital, any hospital, any previous diagnosis can and will be held against you in a court of lawlessness. When will the state move against Tufts Medical Center for their complicity in this case? Is Tufts not aiding and abetting these parents in the horrible abuse they’ve inflicted upon their daughter? Or does the state not wish to get into the middle of a dispute over a diagnosis? Oh wait; haven’t they already taken sides and accused Tufts of a crime?
If she dies and God hope she doesn’t, who will be held accountable? The parents who no longer control her care? Tufts who originally diagnosed, or misdiagnosed her condition? BCH who now assumes that it’s all in her head? Or DCF, who probably as of this writing doesn’t have a dammed clue as to where she currently is?
So the nail of incompetence and power of the all-knowing state pops back up on that third step of the basements stairs. The great people of Massachusetts will pound it down again without caring to get to the root of the problem; the state agencies that are out of control and wield far too much power, never held to account legally, or politically for that matter, for the death and destruction they cause. And in the meantime, children like Jeremiah and Justina stub their innocent toes on the exposed nail of arrogance and tumble headlong into the dark abyss of Massachusetts’ basement known as the DCF.

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