Mother In Prayer Death Of Daughter Will Get Legal Aid

A judge says the mother accused of reckless homicide for praying instead of taking her daughter to a doctor is indigent and Marathon County must pay her legal bills.

Circuit Judge Vincent Howard ruled Tuesday after being told Leilani Neumann does not qualify for a state public defender because the family owns two heavily mortgage homes and two vehicles.

The decision means county taxpayers will pay for Neumann's and her husband's legal bills for separate trials later this year. An attorney says the total cost could be $50,000.

The parents are charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the Easter death of their 11-year-old daughter at their rural Weston home. The girl died of undiagnosed diabetes.