Tag: Madeline Kara Neumann

Potential jurors quizzed in faith-healing death trial

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.

Jury selection begins for woman charged in daughter’s faith-healing death

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.

Mother of girl who died in faith healing case is broke

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.

When parents call God instead of the doctor

faith healing The impending high-profile trial of parents charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the death of their daughter has sparked new debate in a long-running battle over faith healing in the United States.

Faith-healing communities around the country are worried about losing their right to treat their children according to their religious beliefs.

Two other trials over faith healing-related deaths are also being closely watched.

Trials for Parents Who Chose Faith Over Medicine

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.

Decision expected this week on whether parents will face trial in faith healing death

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.

Prosecutors in faith healing death case cite Oregon verdict

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.

Judge in prayer death case: I’m between ‘rock and a hard place’

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.