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Wis. Supreme Court to rule in prayer death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether a Weston couple that prayed while their daughter died in front of them was properly convicted of homicide.

11-year-old Madeline Kara Neumann died at her parents' home of treatable diabetes in 2008. Her parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, chose to pray for God's help rather than take her to a doctor. They were convicted of second-degree reckless homicide.

The couple's attorneys argue state law protects people who choose prayer healing for their children from child abuse charges and it's unclear when a situation has become so serious they expose themselves to other criminal charges. State attorneys counter the Neumanns knew their daughter was dying and should have gotten medical help.

The court is expected to release its ruling Wednesday morning.


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