On Saturday, August 2, Dale Neumann was convicted of second degree murder for praying instead of calling an ambulance. “Reckless homicide” is the official charge, following the death of his daughter Madeline (also known by her middle name Kara), who died as a result of undiagnosed diabetes and lack of medical care. When Madeline grew ill, Neumann and his wife Leilani—convicted of the same charge earlier this year—prayed (they are pictured at right). When she grew worse, he refused to call an ambulance, believing that God would heal her. The couple now faces 25 years in prison.
TimesOnline reports that Madeline was “so ill she was unable to walk, talk, eat or drink but instead of taking her to hospital, the Neumanns prayed at Madeline’s side as she died on the floor of their rural home in Wisconsin,” in 2003.
At his hearing Neumann said that he believed God would heal his daughter. “God promises in the Bible to heal … If I go to the doctor I am putting the doctor before God” and “I am not believing what [God] said he would do,” he declared.