Last Updated on March 18, 2021 by Michelle Ball
By Michelle Ball, California Education Attorney for Students since 1995
Have you heard the story of Maryanne Godboldo? This Detroit mother made a parental decision to remove her daughter from psychotropic medication to pursue non-drug alternatives after she observed negative side effects. When she did, the local government authorities apparently did not agree with Maryanne Godboldo’s medical decision, and thereafter stormed her home with police and a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team to take away her minor daughter, Ariana. Maryanne’s attempts to keep the police from taking away her daughter failed, but only after a ten hour stand-off at Maryanne’s home in 2011. Ariana was thereafter placed in a psychiatric facility for approximately one month.
Maryanne was criminally charged and incarcerated for 5 days. The criminal charges were later dropped. Thereafter, after months of fighting and many court appearances, Maryanne Godboldo finally had her parental rights restored. Maryanne explains in the video below that “I did it because I wanted to save my child.” Eventually the order removing Ariana from her mother’s care, based on her decision not to medicate Ariana, was overruled.
This story is heart-wrenching and horrifying. The shock of it all is that this mother was arrested and separated from her thirteen-year-old daughter, allegedly all because she made a private medical decision. The term “big brother” seems quite appropriate. Watch a video of how out of control this got.
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