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 Madeline Kara Neumann

Wednesday May 20, 2009
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
faith healing Leilani Neumann, 41, is on trial for second-degree reckless homicide in her daughter Madeline’s death March 23, 2008, at the family’s rural Weston home.

Prosecutors called nine witnesses Tuesday, including former friends of the Neumann family, a diabetes specialist and an emergency room doctor to convince jurors that Leilani Neumann showed a reckless regard for her daughter’s health by ignoring symptoms of her deteriorating condition.

Monday May 18, 2009
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
Madaline Neumann A woman who refused to seek medical attention for her dying daughter needed medical help herself after falling ill Saturday about 20 minutes into her trial on a second-degree reckless homicide charge.

“She is having a complete mental and emotional breakdown. It is clear she can’t help in her defense,” her attorney said at the time.

Friday May 15, 2009
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
faith healing Attorneys in the trial of a woman accused of praying for her daughter’s recovery as the girl was dying are close to picking a jury for her weeklong trial.

Kara, as she was known, died on March 23, 2008. Prosecutors say Leilani and her husband, Dale, should have known they had a duty to take the girl to a doctor. Leilani’s attorney, Gene Linehan, said the family practices faith-healing.

Monday May 11, 2009
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
Madeline Neumann Leilani Neumann and her husband, Dale, of the town of Weston, are charged with second-degree reckless homicide in connection with the death of their 11-year-old daughter, Madeline Kara Neumann. Kara, as she was known, died March 23, 2008, from an untreated form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her recovery rather than seek traditional medical help.

Saturday March 21, 2009
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
Madeline Neumann The mother of an 11-year-old girl who died when her parents reportedly chose to pray for her recovery rather than seek medical treatment can no longer afford an attorney, nine weeks before her scheduled trial.

Gene Linehan, the attorney for Leilani Neumann of Weston, said Friday that he used $12,000 in donations to cover his expenses and to pay investigators.

Wednesday January 21, 2009
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
faith healing About 300 children have died in the United States in the last 25 years after medical care was withheld on religious grounds, said Rita Swan, executive director of Children’s Health Care Is a Legal Duty, a group based in Iowa that advocates punishment for parents who do not seek medical help when their children need it.

Criminal codes in 30 states, including Wisconsin, provide some form of protection for practitioners of faith healing in cases of child neglect and other matters, protection that Ms. Swan’s group opposes.

Tuesday December 23, 2008
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
Madeline Neumann Dale and Leilani Neumann both face second-degree reckless homicide charges in the March 23 death of their daughter, Madeline Kara Neumann. A coroner’s report said Kara, as she was known, died from complications of untreated diabetes.

The Neumann treated her with prayer rather than with traditional medicine.

Friday December 19, 2008
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
Madeline Neumann Attorneys are expected to meet Monday with a judge to schedule trial dates for the parents of a Winconsin girl who died when their faith-healing efforts failed.

The Neumanns have pleaded not guilty to second-degree reckless homicide, which carries a maximum punishment of 25 years in prison.

Earlier this month, Howard rejected defense arguments that prosecuting the parents violated their constitutional rights to freedom of religion and due process.

Tuesday December 2, 2008
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
Madeline Neumann A judge today ruled the reckless homicide charges stand against the parents of Madeline Neumann.

They are accused of praying instead of seeking a doctor’s care as their 11-year-old daughter died.

Previously an attorney argued that if the case goes to trial, the courts will wrongly become entangled in constitutionally protected religious matters.

Monday December 1, 2008
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
Madeline Neumann A judge is expected to decide this week whether to dismiss reckless homicide charges against parents accused of praying instead of seeking a doctor’s care as their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes.

Marathon County Circuit Judge Vincent Howard has said that courts in two states have tossed out similar cases while courts in two other states allowed them to go to trial.

Thursday November 13, 2008
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
Madeline Neumann In an effort to counter a motion by Dale and Leilani Neumann to have second-degree intentional homicide charges dismissed against them, Marathon County prosecutors this week have filed a legal argument that cites an Oregon case involving a parent praying for his son while he died of acute leukemia.

The couple were charged after their 11-year-old daughter, Madeline Kara Neumann, died March 23 from complications of undiagnosed diabetes. After she fell ill, the Neumanns reportedly chose to pray for Kara’s recovery rather than seek a doctor’s care.

Wednesday November 12, 2008
Madeline Kara Neumann:
Dale and Leilani Neumann A couple who face criminal charges in their daughter’s death from diabetes have closed their coffee shop and are being evicted from the building, records show.

The Neumanns began struggling to pay the $1,840 monthly rent soon after Kara’s death when the shop was closed for eight days.

Tuesday November 4, 2008
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
Madeleine Neumann A judge says he is caught between a “rock and a hard place” in trying to decide whether to dismiss charges accusing parents of reckless homicide for praying while their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes.

Dale and Leilani Neumann of rural Weston are charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the Easter Sunday death of their daughter, Madeline.

The judge will issue his decision later this month.

Wednesday October 8, 2008
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
Madeleine Neumann The parents of an 11-year-old girl who died when the couple reportedly chose to pray for her recovery should have known to seek medical attention, prosecutors say.

Madeline Neumann, who was known as Kara, died on Easter from undiagnosed complications of diabetes, according to a medical examiner’s report.

Wednesday September 3, 2008
Faith HealingMadeline Kara Neumann:
Madeline Neumman If a couple accused of killing their 11-year-old daughter by praying instead of seeking medical care goes to trial, the courts will wrongly become entangled in constitutionally protected religious matters, an attorney argued Tuesday.

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