Woman Accused of Trying to Kill Autistic Daughter

abcnews.go.com Published: September 6, 2013
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A northern Michigan mother — who had chronicled in an online blog the challenges her family faced caring for their autistic 14-year-old daughter — has been charged in a warrant with attempted murder in what police believe was a failed attempt at killing herself and the girl, according to The Associated Press.



The AP reports Kelli Stapleton, 45, was expected to be arraigned in the coming days after her release Thursday from a Grand Rapids hospital where she was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Police said she and her daughter, Isabelle, were found Tuesday evening unconscious in the family's van in a rural part of Benzie County. Coals had been burned in the van and the windows were rolled up, according to the AP.

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