The teen at the center of a battle between Massachusetts state officials and her family is speaking out in a new video, pleading with Governor Deval Patrick to "let her go home right now."
In a video posted Monday on YouTube, Justina Pelletier is seen sitting in a wheelchair and appears to become upset as she begs for her release from a behavioral care facility near her home in Connecticut.
"All I really want to be with is with my family and with my friends. That's all I want is to be with my family and friends back home… right now. You can do it, you're the one that is judging this. Please let me go home Judge [Joseph] Johnson and Governor Patrick."
The 15-year-old has been at the center of a year-long custody battle between her parents and the state's Department of Children and Families. In March, Pelletier was moved to the center following a stay at Boston Children's Hospital.
She was admitted to the hospital to treat a rare illness 15 months ago. The Children's Hospital filed a “medical child abuse” complaint against Pelletier's parents last year, leading a judge to grant custody to the state.
A request for comment on the video from the Governor's office was not immediately returned.