Autistic Isabelle Stapleton improving after her mother tried to kill her and herself

  • Isabelle Stapleton is now breathing, walking and talking on her own after being poisoned with carbon monoxide
  • Mother Kelli Stapleton is accused of trying to kill herself and her daughter
  • The mother, 45, was released from a Michigan hospital on Thursday and taken to a local jail
  • The mother had documented her family's struggle to control Isabelle's violent outbursts and failed treatment attempts

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 10:11 EST, 9 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:48 EST, 9 September 2013

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A 14-year-old autistic girl from Michigan, whose mother is charged with trying to kill her, has improved in recent days, her father announced.

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, 45, was charged last week with attempted murder in what police describe as a murder-suicide attempt.

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Recovering: Isabelle Stapletong (pictured left) is now breathing, walking and talking again on her own after her mother Kelli (right) tried to kill her

Mother and child: Kelli Stapleton, left, was found alongside her daughter Isabelle, right, just hours after her husband reported them missing and they were both unconscious

Mother and child: Kelli Stapleton, left, was found alongside her daughter Isabelle, right, just hours after her husband reported them missing and they were both unconscious

State police say Stapleton and her daughter were found unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning in a van last 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.

Matt Stapleton had reported his wife and their oldest daughter missing last 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... despondent,' Belcher said.

After police found the van, mother and daughter were rushed to a hospital in Traverse and later moved to Grand Rapids for specialized care.

 
Looking out for her: Isabelle's father Matt Stapleton was the one to report his daughter and wife missing and now he has made a statement saying that Isabelle is currently using a respirator and breathing tube

Looking out for her: Isabelle's father Matt Stapleton was the one to report his daughter and wife missing and now he has made a statement saying that Isabelle is currently using a respirator and breathing tube

Kelli Stapleton was taken Thursday to the Benzie County Jail while her daughter is still in doctors care.

‘(Isabelle) received help from a respirator and breathing tube, and her blood pressure is stable,' Matt Stapleton wrote about his daughter in his email to media after the incident.

Earlier this year, the family told the Traverse City Record-Eagle about their struggles with medical insurance and state and local agencies as they sought care for their then-13-year-old daughter.

They said her acute autism at times led to violent outbursts from Isabelle. Kelli Stapleton was injured and hospitalized twice.

Special needs: Mrs Stapleton documented her daughter's struggles on her blog, posting videos of them playing

Special needs: Mrs Stapleton documented her daughter's struggles on her blog, posting videos of them playing

The couple said a center for autism training and research near Kalamazoo told them their daughter could need as much as eight months of treatment to decrease her aggressive behavior, but the financial cost would be high. Isabelle was put into a month-long program at the center in January.

Help: Kelli, seen here saying her nightly prayers with Isabelle, said that her daughter can be extremely aggressive

Help: Kelli, seen here saying her nightly prayers with Isabelle, said that her daughter can be extremely aggressive

'She is a great kid with a lot of potential,' Kelli Stapleton told the newspaper.

'She's so smart. She started reading when she was two. She's got so much to offer, but her aggression is going to limit her life as much as anything.'

Isabelle's outbursts primarily were targeted at her mother and younger sister. An older brother and her father missed most of it.

'When I was home ... I'd be with her most of the time because of the aggressive nature,' Matt Stapleton told the newspaper.

'By the end, I was as much of a target as anybody. Of course, I can defend myself a little differently.

'She's gotten to that point where she can't help herself. She's hurting herself and she's hurting others. She'll always be autistic and she'll always be with us, but unless we're able to get some help for some of these behaviors she has, I don't even know how to predict how the next 20 years will look like.'

'If she was permanently broken, maybe we could have given up at some point. But she's really not,' Kelli told the Record-Eagle.

By Staff 09/09/2013 05:16:00