Girl Who Died from Diabetes–Court Upholds Parents’ Conviction of Homicide!

death young ladyCan anyone on this living earth shine a light to help me understand this type of behavior in any shape or form?   Anger just does not adequately describe my feelings on this at all!!!!

Why did this beautiful young lady need to go through this?????

This story comes from Madison, WI.
A mother and father who prayed instead of seeking medical help as their daughter died in front of them were properly convicted of homicide, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Eleven-year-old Madeline Kara Neumann died of undiagnosed diabetes on Easter Sunday in March 2008 at home in the central Wisconsin village of Weston. Prosecutors said her parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, ignored obvious symptoms of severe illness as Kara became too weak to speak, eat, drink or walk, choosing to pray rather than take her to a doctor.

The Supreme Court’s decision said the Neumanns don’t belong to any organized church but believe visiting a doctor amounts to worshipping an idol rather than God.

Read the entire story here.


This beautiful young lady is gone for THIS REASON? 

Sometimes I’m left to only shake my head and realize the more I am around, the more I just might see everything there is to see.   This is just all sooooo sad.  I cannot even bring myself to discuss the court’s ruling; I’m too upset by how we got to this point.

I will listen to an explanation if someone has one….I really will….so please share if you have any insight.  But as of now……..I. Just. Do. Not. Understand.


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14 replies on “Girl Who Died from Diabetes–Court Upholds Parents’ Conviction of Homicide!”

These parents were just so incredibly brainwashed to believe that prayer will fix anything. It’s a true shame that someone had to die from their misguided belief.

I’m from Madison and have watched this case unfold from the beginning. All I can say is absolute pure Faith. They absolutely believed their Faith would get them through and make her better. I know people that are that strongly rooted in their faith. I don’t understand it either. And it tears me up. Since I’m from Madison – I consider Kara (as they called her) “one of mine”. I can’t tell you how much this one has weighed on me since the beginning. 🙁

I believe in a god as well and I believe he would want me to bring an ore going up river or use the brakes man made for us to use in our car to keep us from crash just as much as he would want my son to use glucagon from crashing or insulin to keep from going to high and dying. I believe in prayer & i believe it works and i believe god pit intelligent ppl here to also help keep us safe and that is part of having faith. We need to have both prayer and faith one doesn’t work well without the other :(. Not sure what some ppl r thinkin so sad

I believe in faith as an instrumental part of the healing process. However, I also believe that God inspired great men and women in the medical field to help cure, treat and comfort the sick and afflicted. Modern medicine is a great blessing and one I use in conjunction with my faith. It’s sad to me that parents could assume that their faith alone could heal their child. To me this reminds me of a joke I once heard:

A man received a warning that a flood was coming from a police office knocking at his door. The officer told the man to evacuate. The man said, “no. God will save me.”

A few hours later, as the waters rose, a neighbor came to his door and said, “Come with me! The water is rising!” The man said, “no. God will save me.”

The next day, he was up on his roof as the waters had continued to rise. A helicopter flew by, threw down a ladder and yelled down, “grab the ladder! The waters are rising!” He replied, “no. God will save me.”

He died.

At the pearly gates he very angrily said to The Lord, “Lord, I had faith! Why didn’t you save me?”

The Lord replied, “I sent the officer, your neighbor and a helicopter.”

Modern medicine is the helicopter. It is the answer to prayer. What a beautiful time we live in to have access to so many treatments from insulin to chemo. How sad that this family chose to let their daughter die rather than see Gods blessings right in front of them.

I don’t believe in the power of prayer and it grates on my nerves when people, my friends on facebook mostly, say things like “oh my lights got turned off because I didn’t have enough money, I’ll just pray that I get the money somehow” I just want to say stop praying get off your bum and go do something about it.

These people are wackjobs and that sentence ? one month in jail every year? How is that a punishment?

My parents prayed for me a miracle everyday. They still are praying for this miracle. I wish the parents would’ve realized that God gave them a miracle, first insulin, doctors who can help treat the disease and new technology everyday to help cope with it. I know people who are not faith oriented that see the signs and will not take there kids to the doctor. I feel that there is not enough information out there regarding TYPE1. Everyone just thinks it will go away if you eat right and exercise. I WISH. As for the parents, I pray for there souls and I am sure they are wishing they would’ve taken her sooner… So sad

It is so sad when there is SO MUCH information to live incredible lives. I know, My two children with T1 are testament to that point and so many more are out there doing the same. Sad indeed.

While these *particular* parents sound to have been mentally unbalanced, there are those that believe that one must cut out the chronically ill, the congenitally deformed, etc. from the population. There are stories and passages that can be used to support those beliefs throughout the world’s religions. Those practices, considered barbaric today, helped peoples survive when resources were scarce by reallocating them to the healthy, those more likely to reproduce and to be able to provide food and defense for the community.
Unfortunately, the costs of medical care today sometimes force the same decision upon modern families. Medical insurance and charity care only go so far, especially when there are other children to be considered. Each case, each family needs to be considered individually.

This is so, so sad. This beautiful, young girl’s life was cut short because of her parent’s not seeking medical treatment. I have lived with type 1 for over fifty years. I am so thankful for parents that took care of me and understood this disease. They sought out excellent medical treatment (the best that was known over fifty years ago). I know that my parents said lots of prayers too, but more than prayers are required.

More than sad – unnecessary, tragic, soul-destroying, and something the parents will never recover from even without the court.

When I was a kid my friend’s sister had a very swollen appendix and was in considerable pain, fever etc. The mother’s approach was to ‘lay on the hands’ to heal her. Needless to say, the father took her to emergency the following day. She also ‘laid on the hands’ to cure me of T1 – that was 23 years ago and I am still waiting.

God helps those who help themselves.

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