Wis. dad of dead girl says he trusted God to heal

Again, this story just won’t go away, and with good reason… I hope the child murderer chokes on the Bible while they fry his Christian ass!!! TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

By ROBERT IMRIE, Associated Press Writer Robert Imrie, Associated Press Writer Wed Jul 29, 4:21 pm ET

WAUSAU, Wis. – A central Wisconsin father charged with reckless homicide for not taking his dying daughter to a doctor told police that he believed God would heal her and that he thought she was simply sleeping when she became unconscious.

Madeline Neumann died on March 23, 2008, from undiagnosed diabetes on the floor of the family’s rural Weston home as people surrounded the 11-year-old girl and prayed. Someone called 911 when she stopped breathing.

Prosecutors contend her father, Dale Neumann, had a legal duty to take his weakened daughter to a doctor. A videotape of his interview with police after her death was shown to jurors during his trial Wednesday before prosecutors rested their case.

Neumann, 47, told the judge that he planned to testify in his defense.

In the interview with Everest Metro Police Department detective Scott Sleeter, Neumann described the weeks leading up to Madeline’s death, when he said she was a “little weak and a little slower,” something he attributed to puberty. Her condition deteriorated, and by the day before her death, he said, Madeline could not walk or talk.

“We just trusted the Lord for complete healing,” he said. “We didn’t really sense it was like a life-and-death situation. We figured there was something really fighting in her body. We asked people to join with us in prayer agreement.”

Neumann said it never crossed his mind that his daughter might have lost consciousness.

“She was just sleeping,” Neumann said. “I didn’t believe at all that the Lord would even allow her to pass.”

Neumann also told the detective that “sickness is a result of sin” and that his daughter’s death had not shaken his faith.

About a half-hour before the girl stopped breathing, one of the friends who was praying with the family suggested he take the girl to a hospital, the father said.

“I wasn’t taken back by it, and I understood where he was coming from,” Neumann said. “We just weren’t doubting the Lord. The word says that we shall be healed.”

The family does not belong to an organized religion, and Neumann’s wife, Leilani Neumann, testified Tuesday that she and her husband have nothing against doctors. But, she said, she viewed Madeline’s illness as “something spiritual.”

Leilani Neumann was convicted of second-degree reckless homicide this spring and faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 6.

Dr. Joseph Monaco, who worked on Madeline when she was brought to the hospital after she had stopped breathing, said she was “very, very emaciated and wasted.”

However, Lou Ann Esko, the defense’s first witness, said she saw Madeline working at the Neumanns’ coffee shop days before she died and that the girl looked fine.

“She was perky. She was smiling and chipper like she always was,” Esko said.

Last week, an Oregon jury convicted a man of misdemeanor criminal mistreatment for relying on prayer instead of seeking medical care for his 15-month-old daughter who died of pneumonia and a blood infection in March 2008. Both of the girl’s parents were acquitted of a more serious manslaughter charge.

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