Parents say CPS took their 3 kids away because they wanted to visit dying relative

- “What CPS is doing to these parents is wrong,” said attorney Julie Ketterman.

The Giwa’s turned to FOX 26 last May after their then 19-month-old son Ali was taken into protective custody by CPS.

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Parents say CPS took their 3 kids away because they wanted to visit dying relative

CPS accused the parents of medical neglect even though doctors could not explain why he was failing to thrive like his twin sister.

“They’ve run test,  after test, after test, and there’s nothing,” Ketterman said.

In June, Ali was returned home to his parents and siblings, but CPS had two conditions.

One, they told the parents not to talk to the media.

“I’m not scared. I will do this again, and again, and again,” Ali’s mom Kathy Giwa said.

CPS also ordered the parents to undergo yet another round of psychological testing.

“By a CPS contractor because they know that it’s going to come back saying what they want it to say,” said Ketterman.

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Pelletier family: DCF denied us Mother’s Day visit

3701653_G[1]Boston (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Protesters gathered outside the Framingham facility where 15-year-old Justina Pelletier is living Sunday after the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families reportedly denied her family a visit.

According to the family, DCF denied Linda Pelletier, Justina's mother, a Mother's Day visit to the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network where Justina is staying.

According to a press release from the family, the department cited "unspecified reasons" and made the refusal late Saturday afternoon the state department of Health and Human Services gave the visit "serious consideration" to be part of a reunification plan between the Pelletier parents and their daughter Justina. DCF operates under the Health and Human Services sector.

Linda Pelletier released two statements in video form as a reaction to the department's decision to not allow a visit on Sunday. Those short videos can be seen here and here.

Janet Muscara, her husband and three children all went to Framingham on Sunday morning to participate in the protest.

"They asked me what I wanted to do today for Mother's Day, and I asked them if they would support me in coming here to support the family. Justina's family. And they all agreed without hesitation."

Muscara joined other mothers and kids Sunday after the Pelletiers claimed they were denied the special Mother's Day visit by Wayside.

Lou Pelletier and his daughter Jessica told FOX 25 that the facility told him they didn't have the staff to accommodate the request because of the publicity around Justina's case.

 

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Governor Brewer defends DES director, against claims by fired workers

803313_G[1]Governor Jan Brewer defended keeping Department of Economic Security director Clarence Carter in his role, Thursday, after fired Child Protective Services employees say 6,500 child abuse reports were not being investigated under his leadership. Brewer says the state investigation shows Mr. Carter did not know about the negligence.

"Bottom line is you know sometimes the captain of the ship doesn't know if the bathroom is working properly or not,” said Brewer, “You're counting on those people around you to bring information to you...You can't possibly, an agency as large as DES is, know every piece of it and what's happening 24/7," said Brewer.

After a six month investigation, five CPS manager have been fired for the debacle, while Carter kept his job. The fired workers believe they are scapegoats. After repeated questions asking to address the employees allegations, that they are scapegoats, Gov. Brewer declined to comment.

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