Mother battles Michigan over daughter's medication

May 22, 2011 - 12:58 PM

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit mother is locked in a battle with the state of Michigan over her right to decide what medication her physically impaired 13-year-old daughter must take.

Maryanne Godboldo (God-BOWLED-oh) refused to let the state take her daughter in March and allegedly fired a gun inside her home during a 12-hour standoff with police.

Ariana Godboldo lost her right leg below the knee as an infant and now wears a prosthesis. She also developed encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. Doctors put her on a treatment plan that included Risperdal, an anti-psychotic drug, but her mother took her off it.

The issue has galvanized many in Detroit. Rallies have been held on Godboldo's behalf.

Human Services Director Maura Corrigan says for the state, it comes down to medical neglect.