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

Security heightened for prayer-death trial

Security at the Marathon County Courthouse will be ramped up for this week’s trial in a prayer-death case that could attract national media attention, protesters and onlookers.

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.
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Faith Healing
The term ‘faith healing’ refers to healing that occurs supernaturally — as the result of prayer rather than the use of medicines or the involvement of physicians or other medical care.
But while faith healings do take place today just as they did in the early Christian church, the teachings of some churches, movements and individuals on this subject amount to spiritual abuse.
Legitimate churches and movements do not equal using drugs or receiving proper medical attention with unbelief, insufficient faith, or otherwise sinning against God.

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The case has incited passions, and the potential for court spectators with strong opinions has led Marathon County Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Billeb to take extra precautions to keep the courthouse safe. Instead of the usual three officers working courthouse security, as many as six will be present, Billeb said.
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– Source / Full Story: Security heightened for prayer-death trial, Jeff Starck, Wausau Daily Herald, May 10, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog


Jury selection begins for Wausau area woman accused of praying instead of getting treatment for daughter

Barring a last-second plea deal, jury selection will take place Thursday and Friday in the trial of Leilani Neumann, the Weston mother accused of praying instead of getting treatment for her diabetic daughter.

Neumann, 41, and her husband, Dale, are both charged in Marathon County with second-degree reckless homicide.
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The trial is expected to run through the end of next week and will be televised on tape-delayed basis on Tru TV, the former Court TV.
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Dale Neumann is scheduled to go on trial July 23.
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– Source / Full Story: Jury selection begins for Wausau area woman accused of praying instead of getting treatment for daughter, Wheeler News Service via the New Richmond News, May 11, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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