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Michigan mom accused of killing autistic daughter is competent to stand trial

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In September a Michigan women attempted to murder her 14-year-old daughter. A state psychologist has ruled that Kelli Stapleton is competent to stand trial, according to Detroit Free Press on December 19. Kelli Stapleton chronicled the day-to-day life of her challenges in an online blog. On her blog, The Status Woe, Kelli wrote about the struggles her family faced caring for their aggressive autistic daughter.

Stapleton, 45, and her daughter Isabelle were found unconscious in the family’s van in a rural part of Benzie County. Coals had been burned in the van and all of the windows had been rolled up. There were holes burned in the vans carpeting from the coals. Isabelle and Kelli were treated at Grand Rapids hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning. Isabelle stayed in a medical induced coma for the treatment of her injuries.

Kelli’s defense requested the review by the state forensic center. A judge will review the findings Thursday afternoon.

Kelli and Izzy’s (Isabel) friends and family are still running the website and Facebook fan page where they frequently discuss autism and how to get involved.

Kelli’s bond has been set at $1.5million.

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