According to the Detroit News, 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. The story which led to this incident, as reported in the Detroit News and The Voice of Detroit, is quite disturbing.
Maryanne Godboldo’s daughter was born with a defective foot that required amputation of her leg below the knee, which led to Maryanne becoming a stay-at-home mother after her birth. Maryanne and her sister Penny now run a dance school in Detroit. Penny Godboldo reported in the Detroit News her niece’s confidence grew, and despite her handicap, she swam, sang, danced and played the piano. However, as she approached middle school age, she apparently wanted to start attending school, and therefore had to “catch up” on required immunizations.
As the Detroit News reports:
“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.”
Child Protective Services workers apparently disagreed, however, and obtained a warrant to remove the girl because the mother had withheld her medication. Maryanne reportedly refused to surrender the child, and an ensuing 10-hour standoff with police followed, after Maryanne allegedly discharged a firearm inside her apartment. Maryanne’s attorney, Allison Folmar, claims her client never shot at police in a report in the Voice of Detroit, which reports that the police sent the “Detroit Special Response Team (SRT) officers who descended on the home with a tank and assault weapons. Video footage shows individual officers staking out the house, taking cover behind trees with their weapons, as in a military operation.”
Maryanne Godboldo 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. Her bond was set at $500,000. Wayne Circuit Judge Deborah Thomas, who arrived on the scene and convinced Maryanne to surrender, was quoted in the Detroit News as responding: “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.”
The family’s attorney Allison Folmar made this statement afterwards: “Child Protective Services was trying to force her child to take a dangerous medication, Risperdal, against her will. We have been able to get a court order signed by [Wayne County Circuit Court] Judge Richard Skutt, staying the administration of this drug, which is not approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) in such cases. That’s why they put her in Hawthorne, so they could dope her up.” Folmar said Godboldo has a doctor for her daughter who practices holistic treatment, which she prefers. She said Child Protection Services has not told them what medical authority said the child would be endangered without Risperdal.
its strange as in the uk we dont give kids these kinds of drugs and it is only ever adults who will end up on such things. we have had tv shows reporting on how kids are given prozac in the states and it is really shocking to learn the percentage of your kids that are regularly taking drugs of some kind or other for very minor problems such as adhd or ocd.
Originally posted by lewman
we have had tv shows reporting on how kids are given prozac in the states and it is really shocking to learn the percentage of your kids that are regularly taking drugs of some kind or other for very minor problems such as adhd or ocd.
The dangers of many newer medications are that the safety of that drug has not yet been established for use in children. Risperdal was first approved as an antipsychotic drug and has only been approved to treat symptoms of adult schizophrenia. These days, psychiatric drug prescriptions for children have become an increasingly controversial trend. Many people feel that the introduction of newer psychiatric drugs has further extended the gap for drug treatment in place of counseling.
In particular, prescribing antipsychotic drugs, such as Risperdal to children, is a source of debate. Risperdal children have reported severe and often permanent effects from use of the antipsychotic drug. Risperdal is considered a newer type of antipsychotic drug and the use of newer and more powerful drugs may be permanently disabling the countrys youth instead of helping them cope with behavioral problems.
It is important for Risperdal children to acknowledge that the FDA has warned that the safety has never been established. Despite this warning, Risperdal appears to be a more favored drug choice of psychiatrists that continue prescribing Risperdal children. Some doctors claim that Risperdal children helps keep otherwise troubled kids safer, but child advocates think otherwise.
Originally posted by MikeNice81
I'm not mad at the police. They probably showed up with no information of the back story. They were probably just told to serve a warant. Things escelated and unfortunately they escelated pretty far.
DETROIT -- Supporters rallied once again Wednesday for a Detroit mother who is fighting to regain custody of her 13-year-old daughter after she was place in the state's care. Maryann Godboldo challenged police in late March when they went her west side home with a writ to take her daughter out of her custody.
Godboldo is also facing criminal charges, accused of firing a gun at police officers while they tried to carry out a court order to take custody of her daughter. The hours-long standoff last month ended peacefully when Godboldo surrendered.
(Managing Editor's Note: I changed the headline until we clarify. Regardless of diagnosis, Risperdal is a "go to drug" for many with autism and the story resonates within our community. Thanks. KS)
Originally posted by JominaRisperdal