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          Exclusive: The Mother Who Attempted to Kill Herself and Her Autistic Daughter

          September 15, 2014

          In September 2013, Kelli Stapleton and her daughter Isabelle, “Issy,” who suffers from severe autism, were found in the family van, unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning. Police alleged that Kelli had tried to kill herself and Issy with two smoldering charcoal grills inside the vehicle.

          In a Dr. Phil exclusive, the jailed Michigan mom, who recently pleaded guilty to a felony charge of first-degree child abuse, opens up about what happened. Why does she say she made such a desperate choice?  

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          Dr. Phil asks Kelli about a violent incident with Issy that took place while driving.

          Kelly talks about the “jail of autism.”

          Does Kelli regret her actions? And, what message does she have for other struggling parents? Tune in to find out!

          And, don’t miss Part 2! What would Kelli say to Issy if ever allowed to speak to her? And, if given a second chance, would Kelli want to care for her daughter again?



          Special Thanks

          • Lt. Conquest
            Benzie County Sheriff’s Office

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