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Pelletier transferred to Connecticut facility

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Lou Pelletier addresses the media in Thompson Monday. Lou Pelletier addresses the media in Thompson Monday.
THOMPSON, CT (WFSB) -

The teen at the center of a medical custody battle was transferred from Massachusetts to Connecticut Monday.

Justina Pelletier, 15, has been in the care of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for more than a year.

Officials said Lou and Linda Pelletier, Justina's parents, will get the chance to meet the staff of the JRI Susan Wayne Center for Excellence in Thompson. That happened around 1 p.m.

They said Justina arrived at the facility around 2:30 p.m.

Justina's parents voiced their opinions against sending their daughter to the facility.

"Hopefully this is her last stop before heading home," said Lou Pelletier, Justina's father.

They said they originally brought their daughter to Massachusetts for treatment of a cell-based disease.

They said they just want her home.

"She's physically a wreck from being off her meds," Lou Pelletier said.

A judge granted custody of Justina to Massachusetts DCF after doctors at the Children's Hospital in Boston said her problems were psychiatric and may have stemmed from child abuse.

There was a number of conditions the family had to meet if they wanted to regain custody, including visiting Justina during treatment, following through with a Tufts Medical Center care plan and going to family therapy.

The Pelletiers said they planned to hold a rally in Boston on Saturday.

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