10 States Protect Parents Who Let Kids Die While Praying For Them

Eleven-year-old Madeline Kara Neumann died of undiagnosed diabetes on Easter Sunday in March 2008. She was at her parents’ home in the central Wisconsin village of Weston.

She died because Dale and Leilani Neumann, ignored obvious symptoms of severe illness as their daughter became too weak to speak, eat, drink or walk, choosing to pray rather than take her to a doctor. After the girl died, Leilani Neumann told police God would raise the child from the dead. They genuinely believed that.

Kara would have lived had she received medical care. Insulin and fluids would have saved her life.

Her parents were charged with reckless homicides. But the judge converted a 25 year sentence to a relatively mild “month in jail a year for 6 years”. Basically? 6 months in jail.

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