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  • Fr. John McCuen
    BOSTON - A man accused of beating his stepdaughter tried Tuesday to convince skeptical justices on the state s highest court that he should have a say in
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 17, 2006
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      BOSTON - A man accused of beating his stepdaughter tried Tuesday to
      convince skeptical justices on the state's highest court that he
      should have a say in whether the comatose 11-year-old is removed from
      life support.

      Jason Strickland, who could face a murder charge if Haleigh Poutre
      dies, wants the seven-member Supreme Judicial Court to overturn a
      juvenile court judge's decision that he has no parental rights over
      the girl, who is now in state custody.

      "Without intervention from this court, this child will die," said John
      Egan, one of Strickland's lawyers.

      Strickland's lawyers say the state has pushed for removal of Haleigh's
      life support, but no one has argued that the girl should live.

      "There should always be someone who will argue for life," Egan said.

      Virginia Peel, a lawyer for DSS, which has legal custody of the girl,
      said Haleigh's doctors have agreed she will not come out of her
      vegetative state.

      "This is not about the right to life," Peel said. "This is about the
      circumstance under which this person is allowed to die."

      Both of Haleigh's doctors agree she should be removed from the
      ventilator, but they are split over whether her feeding tube should be
      disconnected.

      They have said that with her feeding tube alone, Haleigh could live as
      long as two months.

      Without any life support assistance, she would die much sooner, the
      doctors said.

      (Read the full story at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10349294/)
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