Godboldo Mother, Child May Be Reunited Soon

DETROIT (WWJ) – A 13-year-old-girl in state custody after state officials recommended that she be taken away from her mother could be coming home soon.

A judge ruled Ariana Godboldo will remain at the Hawthorn Center in Northville until a doctor there and a doctor selected by the family can agree on a diagnosis and treatment program for the teen.

Her mom, Maryanne Godboldo, describes the ruling as a partial victory: “Until I get her, then it will be a full victory.”

Maryanne said she had hoped Ariana would be home for Easter, but at least the ruling is a sign she could be headed home soon.

Doctor Marge Betts, Godboldo’s family physician, was in the courtroom during the hearing and said she will help the family in any way she can.

“I know the family. I know that, you know, we are very active at Hartford and certainly this is a cause that most people should be involved in,” Betts said. “And I do realize that there are other alternatives to the medication that’s being prescribed, and I’m happy to be able to help them with a treatment plan so that we can come to a resolution to the problem.”

Once the doctors are able to come up with a treatment plan, the girl would be removed from state care and be placed in the custody of a family member.

Maryanne Godboldo is currently fighting to regain custody of the girl. Criminal charges against her, discharging a weapon in a dwelling, felonious assault, felony firearm, resisting and obstruction of an officer, have been postponed indefinitely.


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