DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Michigan appeals court has reopened the case of a Detroit woman accused of firing a gun when police officers tried to remove her daughter.
Maryanne Godboldo’s case got much attention more than two years ago because it involved a parent’s decision to deny medicine to a child. State officials wanted a teenage daughter removed from the home because Godboldo refused to give her Risperdal, an anti-psychotic medicine.
Godboldo was arrested in March, 2011, for refusing to allow police to take the 13-year-old girl and holding officers at bay outside her home.
Following a 12-hour standoff, Godboldo was charged with discharging a weapon in a dwelling, felonious assault, felony firearm, resisting arrest and obstruction of an officer.
Two Detroit courts dismissed those charges but the appeals court reversed Wednesday, saying the evidence shouldn’t have been suppressed even if police illegally entered the home.
The court says any evidence collected after the gun was fired is fair game.
Godboldo has said the medication a doctor had prescribed for her daughter was doing more harm than good. Many in the community have come out in support of Godboldo on the issue.
Godboldo’s case now returns to Detroit’s 36th District Court.
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