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Court sides with DCF, teen will remain in custody for forced chemotherapy

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

Hartford, CT (FoxCT) -- A Windsor Locks teen faced a judge in Connecticut State Supreme court Thursday, as she has been undergoing chemotherapy against her will. She is identified as Cassandra C in court papers and believes she should be allowed to make her own health care decisions even though she's a minor.

The Court sided with the Department of Children and Families and determined she must remain in state custody to continue forced chemotherapy.

Read: Mother defends daughter's decision to reject chemo treatments

DCF released the following statement in response to the ruling:

We thank the Connecticut Supreme Court for its extremely prompt decision, which will allow us to continue to provide the medical treatment that will save Cassandra's life. This is a curable illness, and we will continue to ensure that Cassandra receives the treatment she needs to become a healthy and happy adult.

The teen's mother says this is a mistake and that more hearings could be coming.

Cassandra was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in September. For three weeks she was getting chemotherapy, but then changed her mind and decided she didn't want it. That's when the DCF stepped in and said this was a concern and took her into its custody. A trial court judge granted custody of Cassandra to DCF and has forced her to undergo chemotherapy.

Cassandra's attorneys argued that the state shouldn't be able to substitute its judgment for her judgment as long as she's mature enough to understand what is going on and make a reasonable decision. State officials said they have responsibility to protect Cassandra's life.

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