Woman Accused Of Trying To Kill Autistic Daughter

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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 autistic 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 taken to the Benzie County Jail.

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.

Matt Stapleton reported his wife and daughter 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.

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