Lawyers to ask Wis. court to rule in prayer death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Attorneys for a Wisconsin couple who prayed while their young daughter died in front of them of treatable diabetes are set to try to persuade the state Supreme Court to clear the couple of any wrongdoing.

According to court documents, Dale and Leilani Neumann's daughter became gravely ill in March 2008. Rather than seek medical attention, the Weston couple prayed over her until she died Easter Sunday. Separate juries convicted both of them of second-degree reckless homicide.

The couple's lawyers maintain Wisconsin statutes permitting parents to treat their children through prayer protects them from prosecution even if the child dies. Prosecutors contend the right doesn't extend to inflicting death.

The two sides are scheduled to present oral arguments to the court Tuesday.


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