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[IPp] D.A.: Parents pray as girl, 11, dies of diabetes

http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/04/28/prayer.death.ap/index.html D.A.: Parents
pray as girl, 11, dies of diabetes

   - Story Highlights
   - Girl, 11, died of complications from untreated diabetes
   - Parents prayed but did not take ailing child to a doctor
   - Dale and Leilani Neumann face reckless homicide charges
   - They are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday

*WESTON, Wisconsin (AP)* -- A couple who prayed as their 11-year-old
daughter died of untreated diabetes will be charged with second-degree
reckless homicide, a prosecutor said Monday.
    [image: art.falstad.jpg]

D.A. Jill Falstad announces charges against parents who didn't seek medical
attention for a diabetic child.

"It is very surprising, shocking that she wasn't allowed medical
intervention," Marathon County District Attorney Jill Falstad said.

Madeline Neumann, daughter of Dale and Leilani Neumann, died March 23 at the
family's rural Weston home. An autopsy determined she died from undiagnosed
diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in
her body.

The Neumanns each face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. Charges were
being filed later Monday, Falstad said. [image: Video] Watch prosecutors
announce charges

Falstad said the Neumanns have cooperated with investigators and are not
under arrest. They have agreed to make an initial court appearance
Wednesday, she said.

The couple and their lawyer did not immediately return messages.

Leilani Neumann, 40, previously said she never expected her daughter to die.
The family believes in the Bible, which says healing comes from God, but
they have nothing against doctors, she said.

Dale Neumann, a former police officer, has said he has friends who are
doctors and started CPR "as soon as the breath of life left" his daughter's

Madeline, who was being home-schooled, was in good health until she started
getting tired about two weeks before she died, her mother has said. When the
situation got worse over Easter weekend, "we stayed fast in prayer then,"
Leilani Neumann said. "We believed that she would recover."

According to a search warrant request, the girl's grandmother told
investigators she had been ill for several days, was "very tired," and
wanted to be held by her mother. By March 22, Madeline couldn't walk or
talk, her grandmother said.

The grandmother said she told Leilani Neumann to take the girl to the doctor
but the mother said her daughter "would be fine and God would heal her," the
court record said.

The grandmother eventually contacted a daughter-in-law in California, who
called police on a non-emergency line to report the girl was in a coma and
needed medical help. An ambulance was dispatched to the home shortly before
some friends in the home called 911 to report the girl had stopped
breathing, authorities said.

The Neumanns said they moved to Weston, a suburb of Wausau in central
Wisconsin, from California about two years ago to open a coffee shop and be
closer to other relatives. The couple has three other children, ages 13 to

The family does not belong to an organized religion or faith, Leilani
Neumann has said.

In March, an Oregon couple who belong to a church that preaches against
medical care and believes in treating illness with prayer were charged with
manslaughter and criminal mistreatment in the death of their 15-month-old

The toddler died March 2 of bronchial pneumonia and a blood infection that
could have been treated with antibiotics, the state medical examiner's
office said.


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