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Parents seek prayer for dying child instead of medical help

Parents seek prayer for dying child instead of medical help

Wisconsin parents prayed for their sick 11-year-old daughter rather than seek medical help.

Madeline Neumann died at her home in Weston Wisconsin on Easter from diabetes after becoming to ill to talk, walk or eat. The girl likely had symptoms for weeks or even months that should have prompted medical help.

Parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann have pleaded not guilty to second-degree reckless homicide. The parents have said that they believe in the Bible which says healing comes from God. They considered their daughter’s illness “a test of faith? and never expected her to die.

Madeline’s parents claim that she has not been to a doctor since she was three.

Wisconsin laws state that it is not child abuse to treat illness through prayer alone. However, a second, a homicide law, states that makes no exception for prayer.

The judge is undecided to weather the parents should face trial.

Sources: Star Tribune “Judge torn as he ponders if parents should face trial?