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Prayer death case ruling upheld by State Supreme Court

Dale Neumann Dale Neumann
Leilani Neumann Leilani Neumann

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that a Weston mother and father, who prayed for their dying daughter instead of taking her to a doctor, were properly convicted of homicide.

In 2009, Dale and Leilani Neumann of Weston were tried separately for the death of their 11-year-old daughter, Madeline Kara Neumann. She was better known as Kara.

Neither one has spent time behind bars, because of the appeals process.

According to court records, the young girl became sick in 2008 and instead of seeking medical attention, her parents chose to pray for her healing.

During testimony in court, both said they believed in the power of God to heal the sick.

The couple's 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 the law ends when a child shows signs of getting worse, but Kara had shown signs of improvement, and they didn't know death was imminent.

But state attorneys said the couple had a duty to seek medical help.

Ultimately, the State Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the couple was property convicted and upheld the ruling. The Neumann's could appeal to the United State Supreme Court.


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