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Criminal charges to proceed against Detroit mom in standoff with cops

June 20. 2011 1:47PM

Criminal charges to proceed against Detroit mom in standoff with cops

Doug Guthrie/ The Detroit News


Criminal charges will proceed against Maryanne Godboldo who allegedly fired a shot at police when they entered her home on orders obtained by child protective service workers to take her teen daughter. (The Detroit News/David Coates)

 

Detroit— Criminal charges will proceed against a mother who allegedly fired a shot at police when they entered her home on orders obtained by child protective service workers to take her teen daughter on claims of abuse for discontinuing psychotropic drug therapy.

 

A Wayne County judge last week reversed a Detroit judge's earlier order to hold off on criminal charges against Maryanne Godboldo, the Wayne County Prosecutor's office announced today. A date has yet to be set for the criminal probable cause hearing in 36th District Court.

 

Godboldo is charged with assault, discharge of a weapon, opposing an officer and use of a firearm in commission of a felony for the March 24 confrontation at her west side home that resulted in a long standoff with police.

 

The case has drawn nationwide attention from groups opposed to government interference in parental decisions, those concerned about the safety of childhood immunizations and others opposed to the use of the controversial anti-psychotic drug, Risperdal, to treat schizophrenia in children.

 

District Judge Paula Humphries in April granted a stay of the preliminary examination of criminal evidence against Godboldo until the Michigan Supreme Court issued a decision in a case from West Michigan, where police were accused of illegally entering a man's home. Lawyers for Godboldo have said state protective services workers overstepped their authority in taking the child.

 

The prosecutor appealed Humphries' decision to Wayne Circuit Court, where on June 16 Judge Edward Ewell reversed the order because the case being considered by the state Supreme Court raises different issues than the Godboldo case. Ewell ordered the case returned to 36th District Court, where a date has yet to be set for a hearing where a judge will determine if authorities have enough evidence to order Godboldo to stand trial.

 

The custody issue is set for Aug. 1 in the county's juvenile court.

The 13-year-old daughter was held in a state mental health facility for more than a month after being taken from her home. Her mother was jailed six days on the assault charges.

 

The mother has said the girl's mental health problems began in 2009, after the homeschooled youth took a cocktail of immunizations required to attend a school. Court documents show the mother agreed to a treatment program using Risperdal, but the agreement also indicates she had the right to withdraw the drug's use at any time. State authorities said they acted to take the child after receiving notice from health care providers that the mother had medically abused the girl by withholding treatment.

 

The girl was released from the state hospital May 6, after lawyers for Godboldo and the girl's father, Mubarak Hakim, convinced a Wayne Circuit Court Juvenile Division judge that the she could receive treatment in an aunt's home that was jointly formulated by a state psychiatrist and the family's doctor who is resistant to the use of psychotropic drugs.

dguthrie@detnews.com

313-222-2548

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Related Links:
* Maryanne Godboldo's daughter released as state vs. parents wrangle over Risperdal & vaccines
Gina Damron, Detroit Free Press
* Foster care in Michigan: Well what do you know? Maryanne Godboldo’s daughter doesn't need drugs after all
NCCPR, Child Welfare Blog
* Detroit Mother Jailed for Weaning Daughter Off Risperdal
Vera Hassner Sharav, AHRP
* Community Rallies Behind Mother Accused Of Stand-Off
Diane Bukowski, Voice Of Detroit
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