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Daughter returned to mother by court

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Daughter returned to mother by court

12.13.11 12:38 PM

DETROIT, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A Detroit mother has her daughter back and won't be tried on felony charges for her standoff with police, thanks to rulings by two judges.

Maryanne Godboldo had held off child welfare workers and police trying remove her teenage daughter in March because Godboldo would not give the child a drug prescribed for an undisclosed psychiatric condition, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

Godboldo had insisted the drug was harming her daughter, now 14.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Gregory Bill ruled Monday another district judge had been correct in throwing out the criminal charges from the incident. He also upheld the September ruling that an order by social services to take the child from Godboldo was faulty and there was not enough evidence to support felony charges of assault and firearm violations against her.

Later Monday, family court Judge Lynne Pierce followed up by ruling the girl could stay with her mother.

The office of Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said it would ask another court to reinstate criminal charges, The Detroit News reported.

"It is absurd," Byron Pitts, Godboldo's lawyer, said about the possibility of another appeal. "Four different judges have said they believe this family did nothing wrong. It has been clear to these judges that this all stems from one overzealous caseworker, and continued appeals now border on persecution."

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