Detroit Police sent in a SWAT team to arrest homeschool mother Maryanne Godolbo and have CPS take away her daughter, because she wanted to remove her from her dangerous medications. Image from YouTube.

by Brian Shilhavy
Health Impact News Editor

Maryanne Godboldo is back in the news again. Detroit prosecutor Kym Worthy, after losing in court four times, has filed a fifth case against her. This time, Maryanne is striking back with her own lawsuit, as she sues CPS.

Maryanne Godboldo

Maryanne Godboldo and a picture of her daughter Arianna.

In 2011 Health Impact News one of the first national media outlets to cover the Maryanne Godboldo story, which was first picked up by the local Detroit Free Press. Maryanne Godboldo, a Detroit homeschooling mother who refused to give her child powerful anti-psychotic drugs after she was developmentally disabled due to vaccines, refused to give up her daughter to Child Protection Services, so they called in a SWAT team and had Maryanne arrested, and seized her daughter. You can read the entire story here. It was one of our top stories in 2011.

Maryanne Godboldo’s story is told in the following video:

This long protracted legal battle, which has resulted in the child being reunited with her mother and all charges against the mother dropped, would not have been possible without Attorney Allison Folmar.

Attorney Allison Folmar (left) and Detroit mother Maryanne Godboldo (right)

Attorney Allison Folmar (left) and Detroit mother Maryanne Godboldo (right)


Now, Maryanne is back in the news again. ParentalRights.org has decided to take up her case, and help her sue CPS.

Help Maryanne Godboldo Strike Back!

by Parental Rights Foundation

Prosecutor Kym Worthy, after losing in court four times, has filed a fifth case against Maryanne Godboldo for refusing to give her daughter Ariana dangerous psychotropic drugs. Maryanne is the Detroit mom who boldly stood up to CPS, a SWAT team, and even a tank for ten hours in 2011 to protect her child.

Due to the long-suffering efforts of Allison Folmar and four other volunteer attorneys, the charges against Maryanne were initially dismissed and Ariana returned to her home.

But the misguided county prosecutor appealed that ruling to a higher court. Again all charges were dismissed. Undaunted, Worthy appealed the decision again—not once, but twice! The same case has now been dismissed four times!

Now, after the fourth dismissal, the prosecutor is appealing once againShe is determined to put Maryanne in jail and her daughter Ariana in state custody!

Enough is enough! This time, the Parental Rights Foundation is going to help Maryanne fight back, but we must have your support to do it.

For lack of funds, Maryanne’s legal team is down to Allison Folmar, who continues to provide pro bono services. Not only is Allison fighting the county prosecutor again and again, but she has filed a counter-suit against the child protective services (CPS) worker and the judge who ordered Ariana’s removal. This counter-suit can bring costly consequences to those who have wronged Maryanne, sending a strong message to all government workers who remove children from their families without proper cause.

We applaud Allison’s heroic efforts, and we want to help in a practical way. The Parental Rights Foundation doesn’t have attorneys on staff, but it’s important that we financially support efforts like Allison’s to fight against government abuse of parental rights.

Right now, there are several other cases like Maryanne’s that we need to investigate and help as best we can, too. As the Foundation takes on these critical roles, it’s important that we have the resources to do it.

Read the full press release here.