Judge Ready to Schedule Trial in Prayer Death Case

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - A trial is back on track for parents accused
of praying instead of taking their 11-year-old daughter to a doctor
as she died of undiagnosed diabetes.

Dale and Leilani Neumann had asked a Wisconsin judge to dismiss the reckless homicide charges on constitutional grounds, but he refused. The couple has pleaded not guilty to the charges, whichcarry a maximum punishment of 25 years in prison.

The Neumanns' daughter, Madeline, died at their home on Easter.
Prosecutors say the girl was too weak to speak, eat, drink or walk
and the parents had a legal duty to seek medical care.

Leilani Neumann has said the family believes in the Bible, which says healing comes from God, and she never expected her daughter to die as they prayed for her.

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


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