DETROIT -- A northern Michigan mother -- who had chronicled in an online blog the challenges her family faced caring for their autistic 14-year-old daughter -- has been charged in a warrant with attempted murder in what police believe was a failed attempt at killing herself and the girl.
Kelli Stapleton, 45, was expected to be arraigned in the coming days after her release Thursday from a Grand Rapids hospital where she was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Police said she and her daughter, Isabelle, were found Tuesday evening unconscious in the family's van in a rural part of Benzie County. Coals had been burned in the van and the windows were rolled up, state police Lt. Kip Belcher told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Two holes were burned in the van's carpeting.
"The officers could tell immediately that the mother had been successful in generating the carbon monoxide," Belcher said.
In a statement posted Thursday on Facebook and emailed to media, Matt Stapleton said their daughter remained hospitalized and unconscious after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning.
She was being treated at a Grand Rapids children's hospital.
Matt Stapleton had reported his wife and their oldest daughter missing Tuesday afternoon after receiving a phone message from Kelli and discovering the van was gone from their home in Elberta, a small community along Lake Michigan and about 30 miles west of Traverse City.
"He took that as a disconcerting message .