Parents chose prayer over medicine for their daughter, who eventually died of complications from a diabetic seizure. Now they face 25 years in prison.
An 11-year-old Wisconsin girl died of complications from undiagnosed diabetes after her parents refused to take her to a doctor, stating that "all healing comes from God." The couple instead chose prayer.
Dale and Leilani Neumann have said they didn't know their daughter Madeline had a terminal illness, but autopsy results showed that the girl most likely suffered for a month with nausea, vomiting, and excessive weakness. The girl died in March 2003 on their living room floor, where she had stopped breathing, while people prayed over her. Someone present called 911 after the girl stopped breathing.
Separate juries ruled that each parent had a "legal duty to rush the girl to a doctor after she could no longer walk, talk, eat or drink."
The Neumanns will be sentenced on Tuesday and now face up to 25 years in prison each.
Respecting others' religious beliefs is important, but when do you think the line is crossed and it becomes child abuse and neglect?