Mom in Detroit standoff incident released

DETROIT, March 31 (UPI) -- A Detroit woman accused of using a gun in a standoff with police when child welfare workers came to take her 13-year-old daughter was released, officials said.

Maryanne Godboldo, 56, had been in custody since surrendering to police Friday after a 10-hour standoff at her home during which she allegedly fired a shot at officers, The Detroit News reported.


Godboldo, released Wednesday, has said she was protecting the girl from unnecessary medication welfare workers insisted she be given.

"I feel wonderful and I'm very excited to see my daughter," Godboldo said after leaving the Wayne County Jail. "The support of the community has been unbelievable."

Godboldo has said her daughter's physical and mental problems were caused by a bad reaction to immunizations the formerly home-schooled teen was given so she could be enrolled last year in a regular middle school.

Lawyers and family say Godboldo's dispute with authorities is over a subsequent treatment plan that called for psychotropic drugs the mother believed were doing more harm than good.

Police said Godboldo locked the doors of her home when child welfare workers showed up with a warrant to take her daughter and allegedly fired on officers when they broke open her door.


She has been charged with assault, resisting and opposing police and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

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