Prosecutors Ask Judge to Ban Faith-Healing Expert

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors in the trial of a Wisconsin woman accused of praying while her daughter died of undiagnosed diabetes want to prevent her from calling an expert witness in faith healing.

Jury selection starts today in Wausau in the trial of Leilani Neumann, who is charged with reckless homicide in her daughter Madeline's Easter 2008 death.

Prosecutors claim Neumann had a responsibility to take her sick
daughter to a doctor.

Neumann's defense attorney told a judge yesterday that Thurman
Scrivner, a Texas pastor, would testify that faith healing is a legitimate way for people of faith to cure illness.

But prosecutors argue that such testimony is irrelevant and would only confuse the jury.

Judge Vincent Howard said he'll rule later on Scrivner's testimony.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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