Child Protective Services Seizes Child Because Mother Would Not Give An Anti-psychotic Drug

Maryanne Godboldo recently filed suit against Michigan CPS and a criminal court in Michigan recently ruled in her favor.

Godboldo took her daughter off the drug because it started to cause health problems, including encephalitis, or swelling of the brain.

Still, CPS insisted that she keep her daughter on the drug. Seizing the child from her home with a tank and SWAT team.

“My whole insides just collapsed because I knew if those people got their hands on my daughter, I knew what they were going to do,” Godboldo stated of CPS. “And that’s exactly what they did. They harmed her in a bad way. It was so painful. My heart just sunk.”

On March 10, 2011, social workers told Godboldo that she must continue giving the drug to her daughter. She refused, knowing what it would cause. So on March 24, social services and police officers knocked on Godboldo’s door when she was cooking dinner. The officers said they had an order to remove Ariana from her home. Godboldo later said the officers did not produce the order when she demanded to see it, and she told the officers to go away.

Instead of going away, officers used a crowbar to enter her home without a warrant or legal court order. When Godboldo allegedly pulled out her gun and fired a warning shot into the ceiling, a 10-hour standoff ensued. The mother eventually surrendered when police agreed to turn Ariana over to her sister – which did not happen. Instead, the girl was placed in a juvenile facility.

Later that year a judge ordered the child be returned to her mother, and another judge ordered the charges be dropped because the original removal court order was invalid. reported that in the order, the “line for the agency that was to execute the order was left blank; there was no date; and it did not state whether other reasonable efforts to remove Ariana had been made.” A judge also did not sign the order.

In June of this year an appeals court upheld the dismissal of charges against Godboldo. She filed a federal lawsuit against the state in March.

“We are extremely pleased that justice has been done,” said Byron Pitts, one of Godboldo’s attorneys. “The police came into this house without legal authority.. to kidnap a child.”

Supporters said her reaction to the police was warranted.

“In the end, it is a basic human right for parents to choose if they want to medicate their children,” Godboldo attorney Allison Folmar was quoted as saying in “When the state steps in and says ‘hey, mom and dad, we know what’s better for your child,’ that’s wrong. There are too many of these cases where the state believes it knows more than the parents. It isn’t good for the kids, it isn’t good for the parents and it is ripping families apart.”

Pitts called it a “home invasion,” not an arrest.

“This court finds that the defendant, in fact, did use reasonable force.. to prevent an illegal attachment,” Judge Ronald Giles ruled. “The Detroit Police did not have the authority to remove a child at that time.. based on the invalid court order that was being used and presented.

Her lawsuit could prevent other similar situations from happening.

“Ironically, Godboldo was jailed for the first time in her life for defending her right to protect her daughter’s health and her minor daughter’s right to not have inappropriate and potentially devastating psychotropic medication forced upon her,” the lawsuit states.




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