A US jury has found a man guilty of killing his sick 11-year-old daughter by praying for her recovery rather than seeking medical care.
The man, Dale Neumann, told a court in the state of Wisconsin he believed God could heal his daughter.
She died of a treatable disease – undiagnosed diabetes – at home in rural Wisconsin in March last year, as people surrounded her and prayed.
Neumann’s wife, Leilani Neumann, was convicted earlier this year.
The couple, who were both convicted of second-degree reckless homicide, face up to 25 years in prison when they are sentenced in October.
BBC: Praying man let his daughter die
Sounds like Wisconsin is a bit more civilized than Oregon.
August 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm
Neglectful parents are bad enough, but those who neglect their children to appease an invisible monster that lives in the sky are worthy of all contempt.
August 3, 2009 at 1:51 pm
Faith healing can work, but it’s a little like trying to fly. If you think you can fly, start from the ground. If you think God will heal you or a loved one, great — just go to doctor until God gets around to it. If God knows everything, then going to a doctor won’t fool Him that you don’t have faith. Yes, it’s a test of faith AND intelligence.
August 4, 2009 at 1:52 am
“Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”