Wisconsin Parents Get Probation Plus Jail in Daughter's Prayer Death
A judge sentenced a Wisconsin couple to 10 years probation and 30 days a year in jail for the next six years for praying instead of seeking medical care for their dying 11-year-old daughter.
Marathon County Circuit Judge Vincent Howard sentenced Dale and Leilani Neumann on Tuesday. The jail terms were stayed pending appeals by the couple of their convictions for second-degree reckless homicide in March 2008 death of their daughter, Madeline Neumann.
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The girl died of complications from undiagnosed diabetes on the floor of the family's home while people around her prayed. Someone called an ambulance after she stopped breathing.
Prosecutors argued the parents should have rushed the girl to a hospital because she couldn't walk, talk, eat or drink.