Detroit Mom in Standoff with Police over Discontinuing Psychotropic Drug Therapy to be Charged

Doug Guthrie/ The Detroit News

Detroit— Criminal charges will proceed against a mother who allegedly fired a shot at police when they entered her home on orders obtained by child protective service workers to take her teen daughter on claims of abuse for discontinuing psychotropic drug therapy.

A Wayne County judge last week reversed a Detroit judge’s earlier order to hold off on criminal charges against Maryanne Godboldo, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office announced today. A date has yet to be set for the criminal probable cause hearing in 36th District Court.

Godboldo is charged with assault, discharge of a weapon, opposing an officer and use of a firearm in commission of a felony for the March 24 confrontation at her west side home that resulted in a long standoff with police.

The case has drawn nationwide attention from groups opposed to government interference in parental decisions, those concerned about the safety of childhood immunizations and others opposed to the use of the controversial anti-psychotic drug, Risperdal, to treat schizophrenia in children.

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