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Justina Pelletier, a teenager caught in the middle of a high-profile medical dispute and child custody battle, is expected to be discharged from Boston Children’s Hospital to a residential facility within the next few weeks, after a juvenile judge on Friday moved to end a stalemate that has kept the girl at the hospital for almost a year.
Eleven months to the day after Pelletier’s mother brought her to Children’s, Judge Joseph Johnston put in motion a plan that fulfills the parents’ long-sought wish to have her leave the locked psychiatric ward of the Harvard teaching hospital. But instead of allowing 15-year-old to return to her home in West Hartford, Conn., the judge ruled that the Massachusetts child protection agency would maintain custody of her for now, according to three sources briefed on the plan.