DETROIT (WXYZ) - A judge has ruled that Maryanne Godboldo will be able to take her daughter home.
The ruling came during a Thursday custody hearing.
“I feel wonderful today that my daughter has been given back to me. Which in my mind she was never taken, but we still have a long way to go,” said Maryanne Godboldo.
The judge also ruled that medicating a child is a parent's decision and not the state's. Therefore the judge is not ordering Godboldo's daughter to take a prescribed psychiatric medication.
“I think that message needs to go wide and broad that it is the parent who has to determine that and without the consent that psychotropic medicine cannot be administered to a child unless there is a court order,” said attorney Wanda Evans.
It was Godboldo's refusal to give her daughter that medication that led to officials from Child Protective Services to attempt to remove the child from the home and the police standoff that followed.
The girl's father, Mubarak Hakim wants an apology from the Detroit Police Department because of the standoff situation.
"“They owe us an apology for their misconduct based on a lie,” said Mubarak Hakim.
Both of the girl's parents will be back in court on December 12. The judge says once a treatment and education plan are in place, they will work to terminate the state's jurisdiction.
“I’m going to go home and hug her and take care of her like I have been taking care of her,” said Maryanne Godboldo.
Maryanne Godboldo says her daughter is doing fine, considering the ordeal she’s been through.
The same could be said for Godboldo, who is hoping her prayers will be answered today; she wants her daughter to be allowed to return home.
“I can personally attest to the fact that Marryanne Godboldo is a responsible, loving, Christ centered, spiritual parent,” Godboldo's pastor told an assembled crowd Wednesday night.
As her pastor spoke, Godboldo was hoping God and the courts will be on her side during today's court hearing.
“I would like this to be thrown out of court," she said. "I would like the judge to remember how we ended up in the system in the first place.”
This story goes back about six months, and began oddly enough because of something as simple as childhood immunizations.
“She began to change her behavior and so I took her to the Doctor; Childrens Hospital," Godboldo says. "They just dismissed the fact that I told her she had an adverse reaction to immunization.”
But doctors saw the situation differently. Godboldo says, doctors wanted to prescribe psychiatric medication for her daughter and have her committed to a mental institution.
Godboldo refused and child protective services got the police involved. After a standoff that lasted the better part of a day, Maryanne and her daughter ended up in custody.
Charges against Godboldo have since been dropped, but she has yet to regain custody of her daughter.
"She’s with my sister in her home," Godboldo say. "I see her every day, I help take care of her. Once again I know what’s best with her”
Godboldo says ultimately that is what this case is about; determining who knows what’s best for her daughter, the government or parents.
DETROIT - A Detroit judge announced Monday he would uphold a lower court's decision to not press for criminal charges against a mom who had been accused of firing shots at officers who had come to her home to take her daughter.
Maryann Godboldo was in police custody for several days last March and her 13-year-old daughter was placed in state custody.
She had been charged with discharge of a weapon, three counts of felonious assault, resisting and obstructing an officer and felony firearm.