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February 23, 2006
Happy Birthday Haleigh Poutre!
A brain-injured Westfield girl the state sought to remove from life support turns 12-years-old tomorrow in a Boston rehab hospital.
Haleigh Poutre (HAY'-lee POOT'-Rah) has been in state custody since September. Authorities say she was beaten into a coma by her adoptive mother and stepfather.
About a week after taking custody, the Department of Social Services sought permission to remove her from life support.
But after a legal battle between the D-S-S and Haleigh's stepfather -- who was trying to keep her on life support -- Haleigh showed signs of improvement.
Haleigh's birth mother asked to visit her daughter at the Franciscan Hospital for Children on the girl's birthday, but her lawyer says the D-S-S never responded.
An agency spokeswoman says they won't change the birth mother's once-every-other-week visitation schedule.
You remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Update: see Michelle Malkin
Posted by tim at February 23, 2006 11:23 PM
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