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October 6, 2009

"Parents in prayer death get probation, some jail"

The title of this post is the headline of this AP article reporting on a notable sentencing decision in Wisconsin state court.  Here are the basics:

A judge has sentenced a Wisconsin couple to 10 years probation and 30 days a year in jail for the next six years for praying instead of seeking medical care for their dying 11-year-old daughter.

Marathon County Circuit Judge Vincent Howard sentenced Dale and Leilani Neumann on Tuesday. The jail terms were stayed pending appeals by the couple of their convictions for second-degree reckless homicide in March 2008 death of their daughter, Madeline Neumann.

The girl died of complications from undiagnosed diabetes on the floor of the family's home while people around her prayed. Someone called 911 after she stopped breathing.

Okay, all you wanna-be sentencing judges: is this outcome similar to the sentence you might have given?

October 6, 2009 at 06:35 PM | Permalink


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Almost. As a condition of probation, I would have forbidden them from having any more children. I know it's unconstitutional, but at least it would have deterred them from having another kid for about a year while the case was batting around at the appellate level.

Posted by: Res ipsa | Oct 7, 2009 1:54:57 PM

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