Not giving daughter medicine ruled neglect

Aug. 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM   |   Comments

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DETROIT, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The lawyer for a Detroit mother found guilty of neglect for refusing to give her daughter medicine for a mental disorder says he's considering appealing.

Maryanne Godboldo was found in neglect Wednesday by a Wayne County jury, The Detroit News reported.

Godboldo allegedly kept police in a four-hour standoff and fired a gunshot in March when child welfare workers removed the 13-year-old child.

The child's custody and medical treatment are to be considered by a judge Sept. 29.

Attorney Roger Farinha said Godboldo and her family are considering an appeal.

She has visitation rights while her daughter lives with an aunt with whom Godboldo has also been living since being released from a state psychiatric facility in May.

The child's parents are "resigned to continue battling for custody," said family spokesman Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality. "They don't feel the system has served them as well as they could have been, given they have been good parents to this child."

The News said Judge Ronald Giles will decide whether Godboldo should stand trial on multiple charges of assault, hindering police and use of a firearm during the commission of felony.

A preliminary hearing has been delayed until Aug. 29.

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