Praying Dad Guilty in Sick Daughter's Death

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2009 3:52 PM CDT
Dale Neumann smiles at his defense attorney Jay Kronenwetter during his trial in Wausau, Wis. on Tuesday, July 28, 2009.   (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Corey Schjoth)
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(Newser) – A Wisconsin jury has convicted a man of reckless homicide for praying instead of taking his ill daughter to the doctor, the Wausau Daily Herald reports. Dale R. Neumann, 47, faces up to 25 years in prison in the 2008 death of his 11-year-old daughter, Madeline Kara Neumann, who suffered from undiagnosed diabetes. Neumann testified that he believed God would heal her, the AP reports.

"If I go to the doctor, I am putting the doctor before God," Neumann said at the trial. Prosecutors said Madeline needed urgent medical care because she couldn't eat, speak, talk, or walk; doctors testified that Neumann, a born-again Christian, could have saved her with fluids and insulin. A jury convicted his wife, Leilani Neumann, 41, on the same charge in May.