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Judge Sets Separate Trials for Parents in Prayer Death

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin judge has set separate trials for parents accused of reckless homicide for praying instead of taking their 11-year-old daughter to a doctor as she died of undiagnosed diabetes.

Marathon County Judge Vincent Howard set Leilani Neumann's trial to begin May 14 and her husband Dale's for July 23.

The Neumanns' daughter, Madeline, died on Easter Sunday at their home in Weston, Wisconsin.

Prosecutors say the girl was too weak to speak, eat, drink or walk and the parents had a legal duty to seek medical care instead of just praying for her.

The maximum punishment for the charge is 25 years in prison.

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


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