Prayer Death Investigation Continues

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Police are still reviewing the diabetes death of an 11-year-old rural Weston girl whose parents tried to heal her with prayer instead of taking her to the doctor.

Madeline Neumann died last Sunday of the undiagnosed by treatable condition.

Authorities have taken three of her siblings from the home to stay with other relatives. Police have also removed computers, journals and other items in a search of the family's home.

Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin says he expects to have his investigation done Monday or Tuesday and then send the information to the district attorney.

The chief says he won't make any recommendation on charges, leaving that up to the D.A. He says there was no intent for the child to die, and the parents thought they were doing the right thing because they were convinced she would get better through prayer.

He says new information indicates the girl's health deteriorated more quickly than they originally thought. But her grandmother told investigators that by last Saturday the girl couldn't walk or talk, and she urged her daughter to take the girl to the doctor. She didn't.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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