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Detroit mother jailed after standoff

Detroiter faces felonies in dispute over daughter's medication; shot fired, police say

Doug Guthrie / The Detroit News

Detroit — A 56-year-old woman faces multiple felony charges and is being held on $500,000 bond after a 10-hour standoff with police, claiming she was protecting her 13-year-old daughter from unnecessary medication.

Maryanne Godboldo, 56, was arraigned Sunday before 36th District Magistrate Sidney Barthwell Jr. on charges of firing a weapon in a dwelling, felonious assault, resisting and obstructing an officer, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Barthwell set an April 8 preliminary examination.


"What has happened here is a travesty," said Wanda A. Evans, Godboldo's attorney. "This family has never been under the jurisdiction of the court. This shouldn't have happened."

Godboldo is accused of barricading herself inside her west side home with her 13-year-old daughter and a gun after being confronted Thursday afternoon by Child Protective Services workers who had a warrant to remove the girl because the mother had withheld her medication. Detroit Police said Godboldo fired a shot and refused to leave the home until negotiators, including a Wayne County judge, helped talk her into surrendering.

"We talked that day mother-to-mother. I asked her to come out on her porch and I promised I would come here today to walk out with her," Wayne Circuit Judge Deborah Thomas said Sunday after the hearing. "I'm shocked by the amount of the bond. I never dreamed it would be set so high and she wouldn't be free to care for her daughter."

Godboldo's family and supporters, who gathered outside the court Sunday, said the woman has every right to make medical decisions for her daughter and that child welfare workers overstepped their authority. The unusual circumstances of the standoff attracted a large crowd of volunteers offering to help negotiate with Godboldo, including ministers and community activists.

Thomas said she eventually talked Godboldo out with a promise her daughter would be turned over to a relative, but family members say the girl was taken into protective custody anyway. Evans said a hearing on removal of the child will be April 6 before Wayne County Juvenile Referee Leslie Graves.

Penny Godboldo, a dance professor at Marygrove College, said she and her sister, Maryanne, trained as dancers in New York before opening a studio in Detroit. Maryanne Godboldo became a stay-at-home mother after the troubled birth of her daughter, who was born with a defective foot that required amputation of her leg below the knee.

Maryanne Godboldo home-schooled the girl. She said her strength and confidence grew, and despite her handicap, she swam, sang, danced and played the piano.

Penny Godboldo said as her niece approached middle school age, she wanted to attend school but needed to catch up on required immunizations.

"We believe she had an adverse reaction to her immunizations," Penny Godboldo said.

"She began acting out of character, being irritated, having facial grimaces that have been associated with immunizations."

Evans said Maryanne Godboldo sought help for her daughter from The Children's Center, an organization that helps families with at-risk children, where a medical and mental health treatment plan was developed. Godboldo told relatives the medications ordered by the doctor worsened symptoms, including behavioral problems.

"It is an undiagnosed condition, but the doctor had given her psychotropic drugs that caused a bad reaction, made things worse," said the girl's father, Mubuarak Hakim. "Maryanne's decision to wean her from that was making a difference, making her better, helping her to be a happy kid again."

A rally for Godboldo is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, 18700 James Couzens Freeway.

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Asked by WildCat73 at 10:51 AM on Mar. 31, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sad that it came down to that

    Answer by zoejains_momma at 10:53 AM on Mar. 31, 2011

  • CPS overstepped the boundry, big time. Her condition was worsening on those medications and the mother was doing what SHE thought was best. If someone threatened to take my kids away for doing nothing but making sure they were OK, I might have done the same thing! You don't mess with the mama bear's cubs!

    Answer by Renee3K at 11:02 AM on Mar. 31, 2011

  • This is just so sad. There are wrongs on both sides (IMO), and I agree with above poster, it's tragic that it came down to this. Nobody wins.

    Answer by CollegeMommy121 at 10:56 AM on Mar. 31, 2011

  • wow that's amazing that they overstepped that far! they just can't stand it when people refuse to do what they've decided is best for everyone. nothing is perfect for everyone and a mother knows her daughter better than anyone else. what a terrible shame

    Answer by juliness at 10:56 AM on Mar. 31, 2011

  • not that she should be wielding a gun by any means!

    Answer by juliness at 10:57 AM on Mar. 31, 2011

  • Its not the child or the treatment of the child here. All of that is what caused the reaction of the mother to behave in such a manner. Wielding a gun for personal reasons is deemed unacceptable and demonstrates dangerous behavior. I am sympathetic to the mothers emotional reaction as most mothers will protect their children like a mother bear with cubs...Fierce! Unfortunately, the actions she took its wrong and now she will be prosecuted for it, regardless of the "whys". And more than likely the courts will not look in to the situation of the "whys" only the action of the mother. Because of the action taken by the mother no one will ever listen to her as a viable person on behalf of the her child again. So so sad, that the mother felt she had no other means of recourse.

    Answer by lacyjones at 11:10 AM on Mar. 31, 2011

  • Why is the girl still out of family custody? The mom probably needs a bit of help if she decided to start wielding a gun and all, but now that this is out and the father is in the picture and the aunt is in the picture WHY in the name of all that is holy is this child not back with her family. Even if mom is still stuck behind bars. And the CPS worker should be relieved of duty and under investigation. But what the heck did this kid do that she isn't with her aunt or her dad????


    Answer by LoveMyDog at 11:52 AM on Mar. 31, 2011

  • You can't start shooting at police and expect things to end in your favor. It's pretty easy to say the state overstepped without any background. Someone made a complaint or they wouldn't have shown up in the first place and I can garuntee this was one of a series of visits from child welfare services, they don't just swoop in and take children after peeping in the windows to see if there is a problem.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:21 PM on Mar. 31, 2011

  • I am guessing there has to be more to the story for the state to act in this manner. If there isn't I can certainly see why the Mom behaved in such a manner. Who among us wouldn't do whatever we thought necessary to protect our childf?

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 4:34 PM on Mar. 31, 2011