Linda and Lou Pelletier with their daughter Justina.
Linda and Lou Pelletier with their daughter Justina.
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

A juvenile court judge has ordered the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family to return Justina Pelletier to her parents, according to the Boston Globe.

The Globe reports:

“I find that the parties have shown by credible evidence that circumstances have changed since the adjudication on Dec. 20, 2013, that Justina is a child in need of care and protection pursuant to G.L. c. 199, 24-26.,” Judge Joseph Johnston wrote in the ruling. “Effective Wednesday, June 18, 2014, this care and protection petition is dismissed and custody of Justina is returned to her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier.”

Pelletier was placed in DCF custody after doctors at Children’s Hospital expressed concern that her parents were demanding unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment for their daughter, a charge the parents and other doctors have vociferously denied.

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