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Dad: Poisoned autistic teen improves; mom charged

Monday - 9/9/2013, 7:54am  ET

In a photo provided by the Benzie County Sheriff, Kelli Stapleton is shown in a booking photo. The woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter in a murder-suicide is locked up without bail in a northern Michigan jail. Stapleton appeared in a Benzie County court Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 after being released from a hospital. State police say Stapleton and her 14-year-old daughter Isabelle were found unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning in a van Tuesday. Stapleton has written about Isabelle's severe autism on a blog called The Status Woe. (AP Photo/Benzie County Sheriff, HOPD)

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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