By Doug Guthrie, The Detroit News
Delay issued pending ruling in similar case before top state court.
Detroit — Criminal assault charges are on hold against a mother accused of an armed standoff with police and child welfare workers over the removal of her teenage daughter from her home as the state Supreme Court considers a similar case.
Maryanne Godboldo, 56, was due Friday in 36th District Court for a preliminary examination on charges of assault, resisting and opposing police and use of a firearm in the commission of felony crimes. But Judge Paula Humphries granted an indefinite delay pending a decision by the state’s highest court in a case that will determine if residents have the right to defend themselves from police officers entering a home without proper authority.
Godboldo and her lawyers have said police and Wayne County Protective Services workers had no right to break into her west-side home March 24 and take her daughter, 13-year-old Ariana Godboldo.
Maryanne Godboldo is accused of firing a shot at officers who entered her home. Her case has drawn nationwide attention.
Protective service workers say they obtained an order to take the child on emergency basis and without a hearing from a Wayne County Circuit judge, after the Department of Humane Services had received complaints from medical providers that the mother stopped giving the girl prescribed psychotropic drugs.
A Wayne County Juvenile referee on Wednesday ruled the girl will remain in a juvenile mental health facility instead of being returned to her parents or other relatives.