PELLETIER, PARKER & DELAURENT
A recent media firestorm involving false allegations of Medical Child Abuse (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy) brought International attention to the over-reaching power of Child Abuse Pediatricians to violate the rights of parents caring for medically fragile children.
14-year-old Justina Pelletier was taken into State custody in 2013 after child abuse specialists at Boston Children’s Hospital decided that her health problems were the result of psychiatric issues and that her parents were causing her to have unnecessary medical treatment. According to doctors at Tufts Medical Center—also in Boston—Justina had been diagnosed with, and was being treated for, mitochondrial disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects how cells produce energy. After being held in a psych ward at Boston Children’s for 16 months, Justina was finally released from State custody and returned to the care of her parents.
The Pelletier family filed a civil lawsuit in February 2016 against Boston Children’s Hospital, personally naming Child Abuse Pediatrician Alice Newton, for gross negligence, medical malpractice, and civil rights violations. The following statement was released in June of 2016 by the family’s legal counsel:
“The KJC Law Firm is pleased to announce another stunning victory and land-mark decision! In the case of Justina Pelletier v. Alice Newton, M.D., et., al. a Suffolk County Superior Court Judge has rejected Dr. Newton’s claim that she has immunity from civil prosecution for medical malpractice and civil rights violations as alleged by Justina Pelletier and her parents because she was a mandated reporter of suspected child abuse. Dr. Newton had reported that Justina may have been a victim of abuse in 2013, a claim that was never corroborated.”
Consistent with the Pelletier case, lack of corroboration to the Child Abuse Pediatrician’s theory of parental abuse is a common pattern found in cases where parents have been wrongfully accused of MCA while seeking appropriate medical care for their ailing children. On the opposite side of the United States, in Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County DDA, Charles Mickley and Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Hospital CARES Northwest Child Abuse Pediatricians brought similar allegations against Kate Parker (2013) and Trisha DeLaurent (2016). The Parker and DeLaurent children were placed in foster care, and dependency cases were initiated despite the lack of indication in either case that any medical professional or mandatory reporter had notated even the slighted concern or suspicion of medical abuse. Both parents have medically fragile children, had sought regular care from AMA licensed physicians, and had followed all medical advice and treatment plans regarding their children’s complex diagnoses.
Justina Pelletier and her parents are being represented by the KJC Law Firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Both Kate Parker and Trisha DeLaurent have made direct contact with the Pelletier family regarding their shockingly similar stories.
FROM LOVING HOME TO DANGEROUS NIGHTMARE
When Medical Child Abuse Allegations are made against parents, and the children are taken into State’s custody, a frequent claim made by state’s attorneys during litigation is that the children who were allegedly abused “began to thrive” as a result of being separated from their parent(s). In a startling number of cases, these statements are not just exaggerated, but blatantly false.
Justina (Pelletier): “Diagnosed” as medically abused by Child Abuse Pediatrician Dr. Alice Newton (Boston Children’s Hospital)
Joshua (Parker): “Diagnosed” as medically abused by Child Abuse Pediatrician Dr. Cathleen Lang (Legacy Emanuel’s CARES Northwest)
Bethany (Parker): “Diagnosed” as medically abused by Child Abuse Pediatrician Dr. Cathleen Lang (Legacy Emanuel’s CARES Northwest)
Video recorded in August 2015 while Bethany Parker was in State’s custody:
DHS in Josephine County, Oregon placed Bethany Parker (age 7.5 years in this video) in the care of a couple who had zero training in any of the little girl’s complex medical needs, a decision conceded by Oregon Foster Care Ombudsman Darin Mancuso to be “a significant oversight” by DHS. This video depicts an example of what Oregon Department of Human Services – Child Welfare, District Attorney Charles R. Mickley, Jr., Portland Child Abuse Team Detective Erica Hurley and Detective Mace Winter, and CARES NW pediatrician Cathleen Lang repeatedly report as Bethany “THRIVING” in foster care.
Marcus (DeLaurent): “Diagnosed” as medically abused by Child Abuse Pediatrician Dr. Heather McKeag (Legacy Emanuel CARES Northwest; formerly Tuft’s Children’s in Boston, MA)
**NOTE: Child Abuse Pediatricians Heather McKeag and Alice Newton were colleagues in Boston in 2013 and co-authored an article about signs of child abuse.
**Due to false information provided by disgruntled family members with a history of adversarial relationships with his mother, and a lack of investigation by CARES Northwest Pediatrician Heather McKeag and CPS investigator Steve Jackson, Marcus DeLaurent is currently in a dangerous foster care situation. For more information about the ongoing ordeal, read Oregon DHS Defies Washington Protection Order and the upcoming VOICES NETWORK EXCLUSIVE:
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