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      Mom of autistic girl pleads guilty to child abuse

      <p>A northern Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter has pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse.</p>

      A northern Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter has pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse.

      Benzie County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Tang-Anderson says Kelli Stapleton entered the plea Tuesday morning. Stapleton had been scheduled to go on trial Wednesday on a charge of attempted murder.

      Tang-Anderson says no sentencing date was set. The maximum punishment for the charge is life in prison.

      The 46-year-old Stapleton is accused of trying to kill herself and her teenage daughter last year by carbon monoxide poisoning by igniting charcoal grills inside a van.

      Isabelle was 14 at the time. She has severe autism and sometimes has violent outbursts.

      Stapleton's blog had chronicled the challenges her family faced while caring for her.