State looks to terminate mother's parental rights
The mother accused of attempting to kill her teenage daughter and herself is facing a petition from the Department of Human Services.
The department is looking to take jurisdiction of Isabelle and her two siblings from Kelli Stapleton. They are not requesting the removal of the children from the father. Matt Stapleton has filed for both physical and legal custody of the children.
Kelli Stapleton was in court Wednesday on a neglect-abuse petition filed by the Department of Human Services.
The hearing was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon but it never happened. Stapleton and her lawyers were in the courtroom, although the court-appointed attorney representing her children was not, so the judge delayed the hearing.
Kelli Stapleton, 45, is accused of trying to kill her daughter and herself on September 3rd. Investigators said Stapleton took her daughter to a remote area and placed two burning charcoal grills inside the family van. When deputies located the van, both were unconscious.
Isabelle's condition is reportedly improving, with the teenager conscious and alert. She has been released from the hospital in Grand Rapids.
Kelli Stapleton is currently being held without bond in the Benzie County Jail on an attempted homicide charge.
Stapleton is expected in court Thursday for attempted homicide charges. The hearing is a continuation of the preliminary examination.
Court records show that Matt Stapleton has filed for divorce.