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U.S. man who prayed while daughter died convicted of homicide

Posted by dorian on August 2, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009 | 7:42 PM ET

The Associated Press


Dale Neumann, seen in May, 2008, was convicted of homicide in the death of his daughter, 11. (Rob Orcutt/Associated Press)

A Wisconsin man who prayed instead of seeking medical care while his 11-year-old daughter died was found guilty Saturday of second-degree reckless homicide.

Dale Neumann, 47, was convicted in the 2003 death of his daughter, Madeline, from undiagnosed diabetes.

Prosecutors said the girl couldn’t walk, talk, eat or speak. But instead of taking her to hospital, people surrounded her and prayed while she lay on the floor of the family’s home in rural Weston, Wis. Someone called 911 when she stopped breathing.

Neumann’s wife Leilani, 41, was convicted of the same charge in the spring and is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 6. Both face up to 25 years in prison.

Neumann, who once studied to be a Pentecostal minister, testified Thursday that he believed God would heal his daughter and he never expected her to die. God promises in the Bible to heal, he said.

“If I go to the doctor, I am putting the doctor before God,” Neumann testified. “I am not believing what he said he would do.”

Neumann said he thought Madeline had the flu or a fever, and several relatives and family friends testified they also didn’t realize how sick she was.

Marathon County Assistant District Attorney LaMont Jacobson told jurors Friday that Neumann was “overwhelmed by pride” in his interpretation of the Bible and selfishly let Madeline die as a test of faith. Neumann knew he should have taken his daughter to a doctor and minimized her illness when speaking with investigators, Jacobson said.

Doctors testified that Madeline would have had a good chance of survival if she had received medical care, including insulin and fluids, before she stopped breathing.

The six-man, six-woman jury deliberated about 15 hours over two days before convicting Neumann.


8 Responses to “U.S. man who prayed while daughter died convicted of homicide”

  1. dorian said

    yes faith can move mountains but in this case the parents were selfish. the child could have lived. he would not be ‘putting the doctor before God’. if that were the case, then according to his interpretation, anybody who ever went to a doctor or hospital would be ‘putting the doctor before God’ and be sinning. that’s pretty extreme.


  2. Hors Service said

    I think that the people like that are kind of blasphemous.
    Well, I think God (if He exists) have sent us medicine… It’s rather clear in the Bible that He’s doing the minimum miracles, because he wanted us to be free… So refusing doctors is kind of refusing God, in a way?


  3. kayms99 said

    Hey Dorian… I just tried to post Bill’s Devotionals and it didn’t work/ post.


  4. kayms99 said

    ok, it posted..


  5. Princessxxx said

    oh, the power of prayer……..it works everytime…….

    i love it when i have to undergo multiple operations and take mega nasty medicines and when i somewhat recover people attribute it to prayer.

    once i prayed for a cigarette and god gave me an entire pack.


  6. Princessxxx said

    kay, you need a gravatar. i’m gonna pray about that and see what happens.

    dorian can you work your catholic magic and see what you can do?


  7. Enkill_Eridos said

    good. i’m happy the little girl died.


  8. dorian said

    abracadabra i’ll send kay some gravatars she might like maybe she’ll load one up. i have an idea what it should be but i can’t find the right one.


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