Skip to comments.Wisconsin Dad on Trial in 11-Year-Old Girl's Faith-Healing Death
Posted on 07/27/2009 6:35:50 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants
AUSAU, Wis. A Wisconsin man accused of killing his daughter by praying instead of seeking lifesaving medical help considered her illness "a test of his faith," a prosecutor told jurors Saturday.
Dale Neumann, 47, is a "full-Gospel Christian," who did not know his 11-year-old daughter had diabetes, his defense attorney said. There's also not "a shred of evidence" Neumann knew his prayers would fail to help his daughter or cause her death, the lawyer said.
Neumann is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the 2008 death of his daughter Madeline Neumann, called Kara by her parents. His wife, Leilani, was convicted of the same charge this spring and faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 6.
The girl died from undiagnosed diabetes on March 23, 2008, surrounded by people praying at the family's rural home in Weston in central Wisconsin. Someone called 911 when she stopped breathing.
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When a child’s life is in the balance, yes, they should. If an adult wants to deny themselves medical treatment, then by all means, they should go ahead. But they just used the freedom of religion (using faulty doctrine) to allow an innocent child to die.
Defend it to whom?