Mental Health Watchdog To Honor Detroit Mother
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A Detroit mother who regained custody of her 13-year-old daughter after the girl was placed in a state psychiatric hospital is in line to receive an award from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International.
Attorney Allison Folmar said Maryanne Godboldo will be recognized Saturday at the mental health watchdog’s Human Rights Awards banquet in Los Angeles.
Folmar has represented Godboldo in court proceedings and said she is being honored for her stand against Michigan’s Department of Human Services and refusing to give her daughter Risperdal, a medication used to contain aggression and treat autism.
Godboldo was arrested last March for refusing to allow police to take the girl and holding officers at bay outside her home.
Criminal charges were later dropped and the custody case involving her daughter closed.
The Godboldo case has received national attention as supporters are rallied behind her, saying they were focused on protecting parental rights. Supporters argued Child Protective Services overstepped their boundaries by trying to force their view on the family as to what kind of medication the girl should be given.
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