Friday, May 29, 2009

Prayer Mom (Leilani Neumann) Convicted -- Dads Next

Madeline Kara Neumann, who went by the name Kara, died of "diabetic ketoacidosis" on Easter Day, according to the autopsy report. Efforts were made to revive the little girl, whose diabetes had never been diagnosed, when she stopped breathing at the house, officials said.

Good news on the Word-of-Faith movement front. If it quacks like a cult, walks like a cult, it just might be un-Biblical!

Jury Convicts Mother Who Prayed for Daughter Instead of Treating Her Fatal Diabetes

Father to be tried on same charges in July

WAUSAU, Wis. — A jury Friday found a central Wisconsin mother guilty of killing her 11-year-old daughter by praying for her to heal instead of rushing her to the doctor.

A Marathon County jury deliberated about four hours before convicting Leilani Neumann, 41, of rural Weston, of second-degree reckless homicide. No sentencing date was set. Neumann remains free on bond.

“We have another shot on appeal,” defense lawyer Gene Linehan said. “Obviously, there will be an appeal.”

Neumann left the courtroom clutching her husband as her three other children, looking stunned, followed. She declined comment.

Neumann’s daughter, Madeline, died of untreated diabetes March 23, 2008, surrounded by people praying for her. When she suddenly stopped breathing, her parents’ business and Bible study partners finally called 911.


… Madeline’s father, Dale Neumann, faces the same charge and is scheduled to stand trial in July.


Neumann showed no reaction when the verdict was read. Before the jury took the case, she and her husband clutched each other and silently prayed with another man. Then she went to each of her other children sitting on a front-row courtroom bench and kissed them on the cheek.

She faces up to 25 years in prison.