Category: Madeline Kara Neumann

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.

Trial for faith healing death case back on track

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.

Judge allows reckless homicide charges in faith healing death of Madeline 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.

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.