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Court upholds parents’ convictions in prayer death

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Associated Press
July 3, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) ó The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a mother and father who prayed for their dying daughter instead of taking her to a doctor were properly convicted of homicide.

The stateís highest court issued the ruling Wednesday.

Eleven-year-old Madeline Kara Neumann died in 2008 in her parentsí Weston home from undiagnosed diabetes. Separate juries convicted her parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, of second-degree reckless homicide.

The coupleís attorneys noted that state law protects parents from being charged with child abuse if they choose prayer healing for an ailing child instead of medical assistance. They argued that itís difficult to know where that protection ends.

State attorneys said that immunity ends when a child is nearing death. They said the couple had a duty to seek medical help.



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