Sentencing scheduled for northern Michigan mom accused of trying to kill autistic daughter

Associated Press

Beulah — A northern Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic 14-year-old daughter after writing online about the family’s struggles to raise her is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that Kelli Stapleton’s hearing is Oct. 6 in Benzie County Circuit Court and could continue Oct. 7.

The 46-year-old pleaded guilty last week to first-degree child abuse, a day before she was scheduled for trial on a charge of attempted murder.

Police say she drove daughter her Isabelle to an isolated spot last year, gave her sleep-inducing medication and ignited charcoal in two grills inside a van, intending to kill both of them.

Authorities say the girl has recovered after suffering carbon-monoxide poisoning that left her in a coma for several days.