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Charges dismissed against Detroit mother involved in police standoff over daughter

Maryanne Godboldo
Justice for Maryanne Godboldo website
Maryanne Godboldo

A Judge hasdismissed all criminal charges against a Detroit mother accused of firing at police when they came to remove her 13-year-old daughter.

District Court Judge Ronald Giles ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to conclude Godboldo fired at police…during a ten-hour standoff in March.

Giles also ruled the order to remove the child was invalid.

Godboldo’s case has drawn national attention. Child Protective Services accused her of neglect when she stopped giving the girl psychiatric medication.

But Godboldo says she was only looking out for her daughter.

“The medication was doing harm to my daughter. I felt that it was not in her best interest to continue giving her that medication. It clearly was making her ill.”

Wayne County prosecutors say they’ll appeal the dismissal.

Godboldo is still fighting to regain custody of her daughter, who is currently living with an aunt. A juvenile court hearing is set for September 29th.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.