Daughter in attempted murder-suicide case alert and conscious
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:44:45 GMT —
The 14-year-old girl who was hospitalized and treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after police say her mother tried to kill her is alert and conscious.
Michigan State Police Lt. Kip Belcher said Isabelle Stapleton is "alert, conscious and moving around."
Stapleton and her mother were found unconscious in the family's van in a wooded area off of St. Pierre Rd. in Benzie County last week. Police said the mother, Kelli Stapleton, had placed two burning, portable charcoal grills inside the van with the doors and windows closed with both Isabelle and herself inside.
Police said Kelli was responsive at the scene at some point, but Isabelle was not.
Belcher said the investigation revealed Kelli did some type of convincing to get her daughter into the van, but there was no indication she was restrained in any way.
State Police said Isabelle may suffer from permanent brain damage as a result of the carbon monoxide poisoning.
Police said the motive for the crime is not yet clear.
Kelli Stapleton is being held without bond in the Benzie County Jail. She will be in court on Monday, September 16 for a preliminary examination.