Autistic Teen's Condition Improves After Murder-Suicide Attempt by Mother

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)
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BEULAH, Mich. (AP) -- The father of a 14-year-old northern Michigan autistic girl whose mother is charged with trying to kill her says his daughter's condition has improved in recent days.

A posting on Matt Stapleton's Facebook page says Isabelle is breathing on her own, walking, talking, and out of the critical care unit at a Grand Rapids hospital after doctors decided Friday to remove her from a ventilator.

Kelli Stapleton was charged last week with attempted murder in what police describe as a murder-suicide attempt. State police say Stapleton and her daughter were found unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning in a van Tuesday.

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.

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