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DETROIT -- Criminal charges have been dropped against a mother who was arrested and charged after a confrontation with Detroit police over the custody of her daughter. Maryanne Godboldo lost custody of her 13-year-old daughter after an incident with March where she allegedly fired shots at officers who had come to her home with a writ to take her daughter.
She had been charged with discharge of a weapon, three counts of felonious assault, resisting and obstructing an officer and felony firearm. But 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles dismissed the charges Monday because there was insufficient evidence to show she fired a gun at police. The prosecutor's office said it will appeal the dismissal.
However, a jury in Juvenile Court found her guilty of child neglect earlier this month. According to the Department of Human Services, there were claims of neglect against Godboldo for not giving her daughter prescribed medications. Godboldo has said the anti-psychotic medications prescribed for her daughter would do more harm than good and refuses to administer them. Godboldo failed to regain custody of her teenage daughter in April.
In May, Child Protective Services workers listed 17 allegations that were in a petition to remove the child from the home. Those allegations included the child not showing up for therapy and not taking prescribed medication. During the course of Godboldo's trial, the girl was turned over first to a state facility and then her aunt.