"Please let me go home right now."
Those are some of the first words that the public has ever heard from Justina Pelletier since she was taken out of her parents custody and into the care of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families 16 months ago.
"This is the first time they can actually hear her in her own voice," Rev. Patrick Mahoney told TheBlaze Monday of the video posted to the "A Miracle for Justina" Facebook page, showing the 16-year-old in a wheelchair.
"All I really want to be with is with my family and my friends," Justina said in the video posted Sunday night.
"You can do it. You're the one that's judging this. Please let me go home Judge Johnson and Gov. Patrick," Justina continued directing her comments to Suffolk County juvenile court Judge Joseph Johnston and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. "Please, right now. Please let me go home right now. I need to be home with my family and just please do it."
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Justina's video comes after she was allowed a brief visit at home and attended her sister's dance recital over the weekend, Mahoney said. It also comes after the DCF filed a motion last week to reconsider and dismiss the case against Justina Pelletier's parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier.
“We are pleased that the family has engaged around the reunification plan and we have filed papers in court to support our shared goal of bringing Justina home," Alec Loftus, a spokesman for the state's Health and Human Services department, said in an emailed statement.
The teen's parents lost custody of their daughter after a disagreement with Boston Children's Hospital over a medical diagnosis. Since then, they have been fighting for her return in and out of court.
Mahoney told TheBlaze the next set date when Judge Johnston could rule on the case in light of DCF's motion is June 20, but the family hopes for something sooner.
"The Pelletiers have completed all four elemnts of DCF reunification plan. Based on DCF filing this request for dismissal and the Pelletiers completing reunification plan, there is no reason at all why Justina should not be released immediately," he said, noting that Father's Day was coming up this Sunday.
While Mahoney could not comment on any further legal action that the Pelletiers might take, he said, that "one would expect the Pelletiers to use every recourse to hold government accountable to ensure this never happens again."