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UPDATE: WI Supreme Court upholds convictions of parents in prayer death

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds the convictions of a mother and father who prayed over their dying daughter instead of getting her medical help.

The court made the ruling early Wednesday. 

Dale and Leilani Neumann of Weston were convicted of second degree reckless homicide in the death of their 11-year-old daughter Madeline Kara. She died in 2008 of treatable diabetes.

The attorney for the Neumanns says state law protects parents from being charged with child abuse if they choose prayer over doctors. But state attorneys said that immunity ends when a child is close to dying. They claim the couple had a duty to seek medical help.

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MADISON (WKOW) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on the homicide conviction of a Weston couple that prayed while their daughter died in front of them.

Dale and Leilani Neumann were convicted of second-degree reckless homicide after their 11-year-old daughter, Madeline Kara Neumann, died from treatable diabetes in 2008.  Dale and Leilani decided to pray for God's help rather than take her to the doctor.

The couple's attorneys argue that state law protects parents who choose to heal their children with prayer from child abuse charges.  However, state attorneys say the parents knew their daughter was dying and should have gotten medical help.

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