ELBERTA, Mich. (AP) — A 45-year-old Northern Michigan woman faces charges in what police believe was a failed attempt at killing herself and her 14-year-old daughter.
The Benzie County prosecutor's office says Kelli Stapleton of Elberta has been named in an attempted murder warrant. She was released from a hospital Thursday and was being transported to the Benzie County Jail.
Her daughter Isabelle was unconscious in a Grand Rapids hospital after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning.
State police Lt. Kip Belcher said the woman's husband reported them missing Tuesday afternoon.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that authorities found the family's van Tuesday evening in Blaine Township, west of Traverse City. The windows were closed and charcoal had been burned inside. Both the mother and daughter were unconscious.
Matt Stapleton says in a statement posted on Facebook and emailed to media that their daughter, Isabelle, remains hospitalized and unconscious after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning.
24 Hour News 8's Traverse City affiliate 7&4 News reports she may suffer permanent brain damage because of the carbon monoxide poisoning.
MLive says Stapleton and Isabelle were featured in an Associated Press article in march that talked about the girl's austism, which was often violent. They say she recently completed an intensive autism treatment program at the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Reasearch in Portage.
That organization issued a statement Thursday:
"We at ROI and Great Lakes are struggling with the event currently being reported in the media. Our struggles are mild in comparison to those of the family we have been assisting. Please recognize that we understand everyone's curiosity related to this tragic event, yet we are both morally and legally required to recognize the confidentiality issues of the family involved and anyone for whom we provide services. Appropriate and necessary investigations are occurring and our actions will be cooperative and supportive. Any public comments we make beyond this statement will be after the necessary investigations. Please respect the privacy needs of everyone involved and please offer your thoughts and prayers to the family, as well as to our staff who provided such wonderful care. For now, please focus on the family and staff struggling with the fragility of human life. At a more appropriate time there will be opportunity to discuss details, assuming we have the family's permission and certainly within the boundaries established by the family."
Lt. Belcher said the case remains under investigation.
24 Hour News 8 contributed to this report.
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