Judge Expected to Rule In Prayer Death Case

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin judge is expected to decide this week whether to dismiss reckless homicide charges against parents
accused of praying instead of seeking a doctor's care as their
11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes.

Marathon County Judge Vincent Howard has said that courts in two
states have tossed out similar cases while courts in two other states allowed them to go to trial.

Dale and Leilani Neumann have pleaded not guilty to second-degree reckless homicide. Their attorneys want the charges dismissed on constitutional grounds.

Prosecutors say the couple's daughter, Madeline, died at their home on Easter after becoming too weak to speak, eat, drink or walk. They claim the girl likely had symptoms for weeks that should have prompted the parents to seek medical treatment.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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