This is the shocking nightmare of a story which began when Karen Maple took her daughter Elissa to the hospital in late 2013 for symptoms of anxiety.
In an extreme move, Elissa Maple was forcibly transported to a mental health hospital, and subsequently transported to the Brookside Intensive Treatment Unit in Massachusetts, which is more than a 6 hour drive from the Maples home.
Karen says that her daughter should never have been placed there, but she was given no choice. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) had already stepped in, allegedly in order to provide services that she was not able to provide herself. Karen has been fighting to get her daughter back ever since.
Here is an excerpt from the story reported by Medical Kidnap: I’m just literally here as a hostage. I didn’t do anything. I haven’t harmed anyone. I haven’t harmed myself, and they won’t let me go home. I just want to go home to my mom, so I can have my life back. They took it from me. They are drugging me up every single day against my will.”
This isn’t a quote from a dystopian novel, or a sci-fi thriller. It is the heartfelt plea recorded by an American teenager being held in a facility in Massachusetts against her will and that of her family in Vermont. Karen Maple is very concerned about the well-being of her daughter, 17 year old Elissa, since DCF seized custody of the teen over a year ago, in December 2013.
Karen says she sought help for her teen’s anxiety, but DCF quickly got involved and turned their world upside down, sending Elissa to a mental ward/school located 6 hours away from their home, in another state. She has now been diagnosed with schizophrenia, but her mother says that the drugs that she is being forced to take are what is actually causing the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Interestingly, on the occasions when Elissa has stopped taking the medications, the symptoms also stopped. Those periods haven’t lasted long, she says, because when the staff found out that she wasn’t taking them, they force drugged her. Elissa has no choice in the matter.
The video is an outreach by Elissa. It was recorded on August 14, 2014, but since then little has changed. Elissa still isn’t home.