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UPDATE: Judges orders Wis. couple in prayer-death to jail

UPDATED Thursday, January 30, 2014 --- 7:56 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has ordered a Wisconsin couple to serve their jail sentences for praying over their dying daughter instead of seeking medical treatment for her.

Marathon County Judge Greg Huber on Thursday ordered Dale and Leilani Neumann of Weston to begin serving their sentences later this year.

The Neumanns' attorney argued there is no reason for them to go to jail, since they have suffered enough.

The couple prayed instead of seeking help as their 11-year-old daughter, Kara, died at home in 2008 from a treatable form of diabetes.

Separate juries convicted the parents of second-degree reckless homicide in 2009. But neither parent has spent a day in jail while the case was appealed.

In December, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their case.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 28, 2012 --- 4:04 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear the case of a Weston couple who prayed while their 11-year-old daughter died of undiagnosed diabetes in their home.

In 2009, separate juries convicted Dale and Leilani Neumann of second-degree reckless homicide for not seeking medical help for their daughter, Kara. The couple was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years on probation.

The Neumanns appealed, arguing their actions were allowed under the state's faith-healing law.

WSAW-TV reports that Dale Neumann's attorney, Steven Miller, says although there was a death, the girl's parents didn't mean any harm.

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 1, 2012 --- 10:46 a.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Appeals judges are recommending the Wisconsin Supreme Court hear the case of a Wisconsin couple convicted of reckless homicide in the 2008 death of their daughter.

Dale and Leilani Neumann prayed for their daughter's recovery instead of getting medical help for complications of undiagnosed diabetes. The Neumanns were convicted in separate trials in 2009. The Neumanns argued their actions regarding their 11-year-old daughter, Madeline, were permitted under Wisconsin law.

In a recommendation released Tuesday, the appeals court in Wausau says that since the case is unique in Wisconsin, it would be appropriate for the Supreme Court to hear it.

The Neumanns were sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of probation. The Wausau Daily Herald (http://wdhne.ws/InzZBq ) says the jail terms were delayed pending their appeals.

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UPDATE Posted Wednesday, May 7 --- 12:15pm

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has ordered the county to pay for an attorney for one of the parents accused of reckless homicide in their 11-year-old daughter's death from diabetes.

Dale Neumann will have a county-paid attorney.

His wife, Leilani Neumann, will have a private attorney that she will pay for with the couple's assets.

The couple are charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the Easter Sunday death of their daughter, Madeline, at the family's rural Weston home.

The parents are accused of praying for their daughter while she got progressively ill from undiagnosed diabetes instead of taking her to a doctor. Prosecutors say this was criminally reckless behavior.

Today's hearing before Marathon County Circuit Judge Vincent Howard was to determine whether the family was indigent and eligible for court-appointed attorneys.

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UPDATED Wednesday, April 30 --- 1:40pm

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has allowed parents accused of reckless homicide in their 11-year-old daughter's death to stay out of jail on signature and property bonds totaling $450,000.

Dale and Leilani Neumann are charged second-degree reckless homicide in the Easter Sunday death of their daughter, Madeline, at the family's rural Weston home.

Prosecutors say the parents prayed for their daughter while she got progressively ill from undiagnosed diabetes instead of taking her to a doctor.

The parents made their initial appearance Wednesday in Marathon County Circuit Court with their attorney, Gene Linehan.

Judge Vincent Howard set a preliminary hearing for June 10 and ordered the attorneys involved not to talk about the case.

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UPDATED Monday, April 28 --- 6:10pm

WESTON, Wis. (AP) -- Parents who prayed as their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes were charged today with second-degree reckless homicide.

According to the criminal complaint, the father considered the illness "a test of faith" and the mother never considered taking the girl to the doctor because she thought her daughter was under a "spiritual attack."

Dale and Leilani Neumann of rural Weston face up to 25 years in prison if convicted on the charges in the death of their daughter Madeline.

The girl died Easter Sunday at the family's home. An autopsy determined she died from undiagnosed diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body.

Court records say the girl likely had some symptoms of the disease for several weeks and months.

The Neumanns are due to make their initial court appearance Wednesday.

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Posted Monday, April 28 --- 1:20pm

WESTON, Wis. (AP) -- Marathon County District Attorney Jill Falstad says she will charge the parents who prayed as their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes with second-degree reckless homicide.

Dale and Leilani Neumann are being charged in the Easter Sunday death of their daughter, Madeline, at the family's rural Weston home.

Falstad announced the charges Monday during a news conference at Everest Metro Police Department with Chief Dan Vergin. She says the parents' failure to get medical care for their daughter created an unreasonable risk of death or great harm.

An autopsy determined Madeline -- called Kara by her parents -- died from an undiagnosed ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body.

Leilani Neumann has said the family believes in the Bible and that healing comes from God.

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