Dale Neumann of Wisconsin was convicted of reckless homicide for failing to seek medical help for his 11-year-old daughter, who suffered from treatable diabetes. His wife was convicted earlier for the same incident.
In the two days before her death, Kara, as the girl was known, grew increasingly tired and thirsty. Her appetite disappeared and she soon lost the ability to walk or talk. Prosecutors say her parents noticed the changes but didn’t do what most parents would do under such circumstances.
Instead of calling a doctor when Kara lapsed into unconsciousness in her final hours of life, they prayed. They called family members and friends, asking for more prayers and even e-mailed a faith-healing minister asking for emergency prayers.
Kara died on Easter 2008 of diabetes — a disease that had ravaged her body but with which she hadn’t been diagnosed.
. . . Quoting scripture and speaking with great conviction, Neumann made it obvious that he had no regrets about his decision.
Neumann, who once studied to be a Pentecostal minister, testified Thursday that he believed God would heal his daughter and he never expected her to die. God promises in the Bible to heal, he said.
“If I go to the doctor, I am putting the doctor before God,” Neumann testified. “I am not believing what he said he would do.”
I guess God didn’t come through this time. All part of His incomprehensible plan, I guess.
Madeline Kara Neumann, killed by faith