Several months after the state of Massachusetts wanted to kill Haleigh Poutre, she is doing well and responding to therapy:
Boston, MA (LifeNews.com) — Haleigh Poutre was the victim of child abuse and was nearly killed via euthanasia when Massachusetts officials gave up on her after she entered a coma. Now Poutre, once termed “brain dead” by doctors, continues to improve and is speaking a few words, her grandmother says.
Sandra Sudyka, the girl’s biological grandmother, is no longer allowed to visit her granddaughter and now says she is ready to speak to the media about Poutre’s condition.
She told The Republican newspaper that she last saw Poutre on July 18 but indicated she was “doing well.”
“She was bright-eyed and smiling. She is always responsive to us,” Sudyka explained.
Now her biological mother is suing the Massachusetts Department of Social Services for the right to see her daughter after it suspended her visits.
BOSTON — The biological mother of a girl who authorities say was beaten into a coma by her adoptive mother and stepfather asked a judge Tuesday to resume her hospital visits, which were stopped by the state.
Attorneys for Allison Avrett argued the Department of Social Services never explained why she was barred her from seeing her 12-year old daughter in late July other than to say they were suspended “for the needs of the child.”
What did Massachusetts officials think were Haleigh’s needs earlier this year? Death. The bureaucrats in the Massachusetts DSS are the last people who should have the right to determine what’s best for her.
Avrett sued the agency two weeks ago, seeking documentation regarding Haleigh Poutre’s current care at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston for a severe brain injury.
Haleigh was at the center of a right-to-die case last year before she began to show improvement.
Sarah Joss, a lawyer for the Department of Social Services, said one of the reasons visitation should not be resumed is that a juvenile court has already ruled that Avrett has no legal rights in the case.
The judge did not immediately rule.
Avrett’s lawsuit also seeks information about the adoption. Avrett, who lives in Agawam, gave up her parental rights when she let her sister, Holli Strickland and her husband, Jason Strickland, adopt the girl. Avrett has said she felt pressured by a social worker who said the agency would take Avrett’s then-unborn child unless she agreed to the adoption.
One of Avrett’s lawyers, Wendy Murphy, argued in court that the entire adoption process should be void because Avrett and Haleigh were residents of Virginia at the time and Massachusetts had no jurisdiction over the matter. That issue will not be decided in this case.
At this point the only person who appears to be looking out for Haleigh is her biological mother, Allison Avrett. Her adoptive mother, now dead, was accused of abusing her. Her adoptive father is on trial for giving her the severe beating that put her in this situation. And the state of Massachusetts can’t be trusted – these are the folks who tried to kill her to begin with.
Haleigh was originally taken from her biological mother under false pretenses when her boyfriend was falsely accused of sexually abusing Haleigh. Nonetheless, Haleigh was never given back to her mom. The state of Massachusetts screwed up terribly from the very beginning of this case. It can start fixing this mess by giving Haleigh back to her biological mother.