Charges reinstated against Detroit mother Maryanne Godboldo

DETROIT – An appeals court has reversed the dismissal of charges against Maryanne Godboldo, who was accused of firing a shot when police tried to remove her physically-impaired daughter from her Detroit home in 2011.

Godboldo didn't want her daughter taking medication that her defense said had horrible side effects on her behavior and could even prove fatal. She was arrested in March 2011 on discharging a weapon, assault and other charges. The charges were dismissed by a district judge whose decision was upheld in county circuit court.

In 2014, a judge affirmed a previous decision that evidence was insufficient that she wrongfully tried to shoot police officers that tried to take her daughter from her home.

However, now the Michigan Court of Appeals (MCA) has reversed the dismissal in the case and has remanded the matter back to the district court.

A Wayne County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman released this statement on Friday:

"The MCA found that the order to take defendant's child was valid and sufficient evidence supported the charges.  The district court thus erred in refusing to grant a bind-over on all the charges. A copy of the opinion is attached. No new date has been scheduled in 36th District Court at this time."

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