At 11:37 a.m., a loud outburst came from inside Courtroom 6. Justina Pelletier’s father then appeared at the door and yelled “Evil!” into the crowded hallway. A few minutes later, her mother emerged, sobbing, “I don’t understand how they can do this. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Linda and Lou Pelletier of West Hartford, Conn., went into juvenile court in Boston on Friday hoping a judge would return custody of their 15-year-old daughter to them. Justina’s life has been in limbo for more than 10 months, as the teenager has remained in state custody at Boston Children’s Hospital, mostly in a locked psychiatric ward, while her parents, doctors, and lawyers fought over her future.