Wisconsin mother guilty in 'prayer death' of daughter

USA Today/May 22, 2009

A Wisconsin mother has been convicted of reckless homicide for praying instead of getting medical treatment for her 11-year-old diabetic daughter.

Leilani Neumann, 41, was found guilty after four hours of deliberations by a jury in Wausau, the Wausau Daily Herald reports. Her lawyer said she would appeal.

Neumann told police that she and Dale Neumann prayed for their daughter's recovery before she died from complications of diabetes on Easter last year. Doctors testified that Madeline Kara Neumann would have shown symptoms for days, if not weeks, before she died.

Neumann told investigators that for nearly two weeks before she died, Kara had been drinking and urinating frequently and been fatigued, classic warning signs for diabetics.

She faces up to 25 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

Dale Neumann is expected to go to trial on the same charge in July.

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