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Supreme Court Hears Neumann Child Death Case Submitted: 12/04/2012
MADISON - For the first time, the Wisconsin Supreme Court considers the impact of religious beliefs on a parent's obligation to get medical help for a dying child.

Oral arguments happen today in the case of Dale and Leilani Neumann.

Both were convicted of second degree recekless homicide in Marathon county in 2009.

Their 11 year old daughter Madeline had juvenile diabetes, but the Neumann's did not know that.

As Madeline became sicker, the Neumann's gathered friends for prayer.

The girl died in March of 2008.

The Neumanns argued their actions were allowed by the prayer treatment privilege granted under the child abuse statute.

Appeals were filed, and the state supreme Court accepted the case.

The court will typically take a few months after hearing arguments to issue a decision.

The Neumanns were sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of probation.

The jail terms were delayed pending their appeals.


Story By: Newswatch 12 Newsteam

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