Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Judge clears Detroit mom accused of firing at officers coming to take her daughter

In a case that sparked debate about parental rights versus state involvement in the medical care of children, a Detroit woman won a major court victory today when all the charges against her were dropped.

Maryanne Godboldo, 57, was accused of firing a gun at Detroit police officers who were assisting a state Child Protective Services worker when they came to her Blaine Street home on March 24 to take her daughter.

The charges against Godboldo were dismissed at her preliminary examination in 36th District Court in Detroit. Judge Ronald Giles agreed with her lawyers that the court order to remove Godboldo’s 13-year-old daughter was not valid.

Giles also agreed that there was no evidence supporting the charge that Godboldo fired a gun at police.

“I am very, very happy and blessed that Judge Giles did the right thing,” Godboldo said afterward at the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit.

Sandra Hines, a member of the Godboldo Action Committee, said “This case is rooted on the grounds of parental rights. It’s the right of every parent to be the custodial caregiver over their child.”

Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, said the prosecutor will appeal the dismissed charges.

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