No Bail for Mom Accused of Trying to Kill Daughter

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
 A woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter in a murder-suicide is locked up without bail in a northern Michigan jail.

ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 10- In an undated photo provided by the Stapleton family via the Traverse City Record-Eagle, Issy Stapleton, right, is seen with her mother Kelli in Elberta, Mich. Matt and Kelli Stapleton are deep into the fight of their lives for their daughter Issy. Matt, a Frankfort-Elberta School District s principal and athletic director, and his wife must battle insurance companies, bureaucracy, and other barriers to secure expensive care they believe is needed for their daughter Issy whose acute autism sometimes spirals into violent outbursts that twice resulted in her mother s hospitalization. (AP Photo/Stapleton Family via Traverse City Record-Eagle)

BEULAH, Mich. (AP) -- A woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter in a murder-suicide is locked up without bail in a northern Michigan jail.

Kelli Stapleton appeared in a Benzie County court Thursday after being released from a hospital. She's charged with attempted murder. State police say Stapleton and her 14-year-old daughter Isabelle were found unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning in a van Tuesday.

Stapleton's husband, Matt, says their daughter is in a critical care unit at a Grand Rapids hospital.

The Stapletons live in Elberta, west of Traverse City. Kelli Stapleton has written about Isabelle's severe autism on a blog called The Status Woe. In an entry dated Tuesday, she says she has a "severe case of battle fatigue."

Defense attorney Anthony Cicchelli declined to comment Friday.


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