Godboldo told relatives medications ordered by a doctor worsened symptoms, including behavioral problems."Maryanne's decision to wean her from that was making a difference, making her better, helping her to be a happy kid again," Mubuarak Hakim, the girl's father, said.
A preliminary hearing has been set for April 8.
In court Godboldo’s attorney said the mother was not administering the drug because she believes in holistic approach to her daughter’s condition.
The attorney described the illness to the judge as “possible autism.” She said the daughter had been prescribed medication called Risperdal. The drug is used to treat a number of conditions, including schizophrenia, mania and depression.
The 13-year-old is being treated at a local mental facility. Relatives are hoping to ultimately get custody of her.