Life Support Struggle

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A man, charged in a beating that left his stepdaughter in what doctors say is a persistent vegetative state, is now at the forefront of a right-to-die battle.

Jason Strickland has appealed to keep eleven-year old Haleigh Avarett on life support and Massachusetts' highest court is expected to hear arguments today. He could be charged with murder if she dies.

A Massachusetts juvenile court judge has ruled the girl should be allowed to die. And the state Department of Social Services wants to remove her from the ventilator and feeding tube that are keeping her alive.

Strickland's lawyer has filed a legal brief asking that Strickland be named the girl's de facto parent.

The girl's mother, who gave her up for adoption five years ago, says her daughter should be allowed to die.

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