Detroit Mom’s Police Standoff Case Back In Front Of Judge
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A case against a Detroit mother accused of firing a shot when police tried to remove her physically-impaired daughter from their home is back before a judge.
Prosecutors say a decision on charges against Maryanne Godboldo is expected Thursday in 36th District Court.
Godboldo was arrested in March 2011 on discharging a weapon, assault and other charges. The charges were dismissed by a district judge whose decision was upheld in county circuit court. The state appeals court ordered the charges reinstated after prosecutors appealed.
Godboldo has said police came to her home because she took her then-13-year-old daughter off Risperdal, an anti-psychotic drug used to contain aggression and treat autism. State officials maintained the girl was at-risk without proper medication.
Police surrounded the house and arrested Godboldo about 12 hours later.
Godboldo claimed that police did not produce a warrant when they came to remove her daughter.
The Godboldo case has received national attention as supporters 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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