“She did not shoot at the police”
CPS trying to force dangerous meds on child, attorney says
Rally Sat. Apr. 2 at 9 a.m. at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church; custody hearing on child Apr. 6; mother’s preliminary exam Apr. 8
Family calls for write-in campaign
By Diane Bukowski
DETROIT –An outpouring of national support for Maryanne Godboldo, who refused to surrender her child to an army of police with tanks and automatic weapons, resulted in her release from Wayne County Jail March 30 on a personal bond of $200,000. A rally to support the mother and her right to prevent the administration of a dangerous drug to her 13-year-old daughter is set for Sat. Apr. 2 at 9 a.m at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit. Godboldo and her attorneys will fight to regain custody of the child from Child Protective Services Wed. Apr. 6 at Wayne County Juvenile Court.
“I feel wonderful and I’m very excited to see my daughter,” Maryanne Godboldo, 56, said after leaving the Wayne County Jail. “The support of the community has been unbelievable.”
Asked whether Godboldo fired a shot, her attorney Allison Folmar responded that it was just an allegation, and that Godboldo “had to endure the onslaught of police unlawfully taking her child.”
Earlier, dozens of family, community and church members gathered outside 36th District Court Mar. 27 as Godboldo was arraigned on charges of “one count of Discharge of a Weapon in a Dwelling, three counts of Felonious Assault, three counts of Resisting and Obstructing an Officer, and Felony Firearm.” The charges, brought by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, could result in more than ten years in prison.
“We’re supporting this family, they have been a pillar of the community and of our church,” said Rev. Edie Worthy, who heads the Social Justice Ministry at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. A rally there, at 18700 James Couzens near Seven Mile, is planned for Saturday, April 2 at 9 a.m. with a march to follow.
Judge Sidney Barthwell, Jr. had just levied a half-million dollar bond (cash or surety) on charges brought by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy against Godboldo.
“The charges stem from an incident that occurred on March 24, 2011 at approximately 5:15 p. m. in the 2500 block of Blaine in Detroit,” Worthy’s spokesperson Maria Miller said.. “It is alleged that Godboldo barricaded herself and her daughter in her home for approximately 12 hours in a standoff with Detroit police officers.”
However, Barthwell contended that Godboldo “allegedly fired a shot and sprayed drywall at one officer.”
During the incident, Detroit Special Response Team (SRT) officers descended on the home with armored vehicles and assault weapons. Video footage shows individual officers staking out the house, taking cover behind trees with their weapons, as in a military operation. Godboldo eventually emerged from the home after discussions with community representatives, and was taken into custody. Her daughter is currently in the Hawthorne Family Center, although she was originally supposed to be released to her aunt Penny Godboldo.
During the arraignment, Folmar argued for a personal bond, and was passionate in her defense of Godboldo and her concern for the child.
“My client did NOT shoot at the police,” Folmar said afterwards. “Child Protective Services was trying to force her child to take a dangerous medication, Risperdal, against her will. We have been able to get a court order signed by [Wayne County Circuit Court] Judge Richard Skutt, staying the administration of this drug, which is not approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) in such cases. That’s why they put her in Hawthorne, so they could dope her up.”
Folmar said Godboldo has a doctor for her daughter who practices holistic treatment, which she prefers. She said CPS has not told them what medical authority said the child would be endangered without it.
Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO-nVViSEW4&feature=player_embedded#at=116 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lfOGLpb1q24#at=18http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lfOGLpb1q24#at=18 to view videos by two victims of Risperdal and tardive dyskinesia.
A 2007 release from the FDA said Risperdal is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and “manic or mixed episodes of bipolar I disorder” in children.” Folmar said Arianna has not yet been diagnosed with any disorder, although she may possibly suffer from autism induced by vaccinations she received earlier.
She said the child had been taking Risperdal for months, and experienced adverse side effects, including excessive weight gain and uncontrollable facial grimaces. The last symptom, according to FDA literature, is associated with tardive dyskinesia, a usually permanent, serious and untreatable disorder. The FDA also says treatment with Risperdal can result in the onset of diabetes and hyperglycemia, and in some cases in coma or death.
Folmar called the bond “outrageous,” saying Godboldo is no threat to her child or the community. She and attorney Wanda Evans, who specializes in juvenile law and is representing the child, said a motion to reduce the bond would be filed Monday. Godboldo’s preliminary exam is set for Friday, April 8 at 36th District Court (time to be posted later).
Mubarak Hakim, the child’s father, said Godboldo set an example for numerous other families, particularly in the Black community, whose children have been forcibly taken from them for questionable reasons.
“Child Protective Services is interfering with her rights as a parent to decide what doctor and what treatment is needed for her child,” Hakim said.
Margaret Warner, Child Welfare Director for the Wayne County Department of Human Rights, said she could not discuss the case individually for confidentiality reasons.
But generally speaking, she said, “We don’t just remove children; we have to get court approval, and then the court gives us permission to place the child. The parent(s) or whoever is responsible for the child must have put them in a situation of abuse or neglect. We conduct interviews with the parent, the child or a collateral contact and provide whatever services we can to prevent out of home placement. . . .[Then] if we think the child is at risk, we try to work with the parents to allow us to take custody. We really do work with the police when we have not been able to convince the parent. Parents do routinely resist.”
Warner said a hearing must be held in Juvenile Court within 24 hours of the child’s removal to allow the parent and their attorneys to dispute the removal. Since Godboldo is charged with a multitude of crimes, her ability to regain custody at this point is questionable.
Starletta Banks filed suit in federal court in 2005 after CPS snatched her three small children, Darius, Danielle and Darren from her loving arms in 2000, claiming falsely that X-rays of Danielle showed evidence of old fractures.
“The illegal stealing of our children nation wide is a very serious problem that is happening every day and in every state,” Banks told VOD. “Those involved such as judges, prosecutors, social workers, attorneys, physicians, child placement agencies etc. should be exposed, prosecuted and sent to prison. The sole reasons that children are being stolen from their families and homes are the financial incentives associated with each child and circumstance. There is federal grant money given to states and child placement agencies to create situations that do not exist to generate these funds. The state of Michigan is financially broke, thus surviving on the backs of our children.
Banks’ family friend Irwin Johnson said during a state-wide protest against Michigan’s foster care system, “In Detroit and across the nation, it boils down to a racial issue. How can Black kids be over 50 percent of the foster care system, but make up only 20 percent of the population?”
Go to http://kidjacked.com/conspiracy/mother_sues_state.asp to read complete story by this writer on the Banks-Austin case. Also go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17iqUsACRZM and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSav5qxXPkY&feature=related to view startling videos of testimony on “Psychotropic Drug Use Among Foster Children,” in front of a Florida Senate Committee in 2009.
Dr. Shirley Moore, National Director of Legislative Affairs for the American Family Rights Association, sued Los Angeles County for wholesale kidnapping through its foster care system.
“My lawsuit showed every foster care case was tainted because officials in Los Angeles County failed to disclose their conflicts of interest,” Moore said. In response to Moore’s actions, as well as an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit and an expose by the Los Angeles Daily News, a judge ordered a review of foster care placements in that county.
“Up to half of the 75,000 children in the systems and adoptive homes were needlessly placed in a system that is often more dangerous than their own homes because the county receives $30,000 to $150,000 in state and federal revenues for each placement,” wrote the Daily News.
For more information on the rally at Hartford Memorial, located at 18700 James Couzens Fwy. between W. Outer Drive and Seven Mile Rd, call 313-867-4841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Godboldo’s supporters have now set up a Facebook page for her at : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Maryanne-Godboldo/178678602179610 and a Twitter account at http://twitter.com/#!/jstice4maryanne.
Additionally, her sister Penny Godboldo is welcoming letters of support as follows:
Attorney Allison Folmar can be reached at (313) 930-2500. Starletta Banks, who has become involved with many other families experiencing custody battles, can be emailed at email@example.com.