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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Defense attorneys asked a judge Tuesday to drop charges against a town of Weston couple who chose to pray rather than seek medical attention for their dying daughter.
Dale and Leilani Neumann pleaded not guilty during a court appearance to felony charges of second-degree reckless homicide.
Prosecutors contend Kara could not speak, eat, drink, walk or breathe easily for about 48 hours before she died – giving her parents enough warning to seek medical help. The parents failed in their legal duty to care for the child, prosecutors have claimed.
The parents charged with reckless homicide for praying while their 11-year-old daughter died of diabetes are the first people in Wisconsin accused of such a crime, according to a national group that monitors faith-based abuse and neglect of children.
The Neumanns are charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the Easter Sunday death of their daughter, Madeline, at the family’s rural Weston home.
The Neumanns each face a second-degree reckless homicide charge in the March 23 death of their daughter Madeline Kara Neumann. Kara, 11, died Easter Sunday from complications of undiagnosed diabetes. Her parents chose to pray instead of seeking medical help as their daughter grew progressively ill.
A couple accused of recklessly allowing their daughter to die while praying for her recovery are each free on a $200,000 signature bond.
The couple face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. Madeline – called Kara by her parents – died Easter Sunday 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.
A town of Weston couple whose 11-year-old child died after they chose to pray for her healing rather than seek medical attention will be charged Wednesday with second-degree reckless homicide, a prosecutor said today.