[Ed. – If the law really permits this, it needs to be changed.]
A [Detroit] woman says her parents have been imprisoned in their own home by their caregivers and she wants to know why a Macomb County judge is allowing it to happen. While 7 Investigator Heather Catallo was looking into this story, the caregivers even called the cops on her.
When you become someone’s guardian and conservator, you have total power over that person: You can make medical and legal financial decisions for them. Under Michigan law, family members are given priority to become a loved one’s guardian. So why would a judge give this power to total strangers?
“I just want my parents back,” Marcia Mitchell told Catallo.
Mitchell said she hasn’t seen her father or step-mom in more than a month. All she can do is wonder what’s happening on the other side of the fence separating Barbara Elbridge and Bob Mitchell from their relatives who live right next door.