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Another Sad Story

In stupid people on May 4, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Wisc girl dies after god of parents fails to cure her. No doctor sought

A wisconsin couple faces second-degree reckless homicide charges over letting their 11 year old daughter die of untreated diabetes. The father considered her illness a “test of faith” and the mother never took the girl to the doctor because she thought her daughter was under a “spiritual attack,” the complaint said. “Her death could have been prevented.” Said Marathon County District Attorney Jill Falstad. She added, “It is very surprising, shocking that she wasn’t allowed medical intervention,”.

Madeline Neumann died March 23 (Easter Sunday how ironic) at her family’s rural Weston home. Her parents were told the body would be taken to Madison for an autopsy the next day. According to the medical examiners report, the parents responded, ’You won’t need to do that. She will be alive by then,”
An autopsy determined that Madeline died from undiagnosed diabetic ketoacidosis, which left her with too little insulin in her body. Court records said she likely had some symptoms of the disease for months.

Randall Wormgoor, a friend of the Neumanns, told police the father led Bible studies at his business, and believed physical illness was due to sin, curable by prayer and by asking for forgiveness from god, the complaint said. Wormgoor said he and his wife, Althea, were at the Neumann home when Madeline died. Wormgoor said he had urged the father to seek medical help and was told the illness “was a test of faith for the Neumann family and asked the Wormgoors to join them in praying for Madeline to get well,”. Althea Wormgoor said she “implored” the parents to seek medical help for the girl, the complaint said.

“We just thought it was a spiritual attack and we prayed for her. My husband Dale was crying and mentioned taking Kara (Madeline) to the doctor and I said, ’The Lord’s going to heal her,’ and we continued to pray,” she wrote. The father told investigators he noticed his daughter was weak and slower for about two weeks but he attributed it to symptoms of the girl reaching puberty, the complaint said.
A day before Madeline died, the father wrote an e-mail with the headline, “Help our daughter needs emergency prayer!!!!.” It said his daughter was “very weak and pale at the moment with hardly any strength.”

One relative told police that the girl’s mother believed she “died because the devil is trying to stop Leilani from starting her own ministry,” the complaint said.