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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Godboldo Case

WXYZ in Detroit reports:
A mother who is accused of firing at police as they tried to take her 13-year-old daughter into custody faced a judge on Sunday.

57-year-old Maryanne Godboldo appeared in 36th District Court via video link. Godboldo’s attorney asked the judge to let her go on personal bond, but the judge refused, saying the charges were too serious.

He set bond at $500,000.

Godboldo is accused of firing shots at police through the wall of her home. It happened after child protective services first went to her house on Blaine Thursday evening to take custody of her 13-year-old daughter.

Authorities say Godboldo was to lose custody because she was not properly treating her daughter’s mental illness. When she refused to answer the door for protective services, police were called, shots were fired and the stand-off ensued.

In court Godboldo’s attorney said the mother was not administering the drug because she believes in holistic approach to her daughter’s condition.

The attorney described the illness to the judge as “possible autism.” She said the daughter had been prescribed medication called Risperdal. The drug is used to treat a number of conditions, including schizophrenia, mania and depression.

The 13-year-old is being treated at a local mental facility. Relatives are hoping to ultimately get custody of her.