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Mother found guilty in prayer death case


WAUSAU (WKOW) -- A central Wisconsin jury found a woman guilty of second-degree reckless homicide after she prayed instead of rushing her daughter to the doctor last year.

Leilani Neumann, 41, was convicted on Friday in the death of her 11-year-old daughter's death from untreated diabetes. Madeline Neumann died at the family's rural Weston home in March 2008.

Prosecutors say a reasonable parent would have known something was wrong with the preteen. They say her mother recklessly killed her by ignoring obvious symptoms, like the fact that Madeline could not walk or talk.

Neumann told a detective in a videotaped interview that the Lord was going to take care of her daughter and all she needed was prayer. That interview was played on Wednesday at her trial

Leilani Neumann faces up to 25 years in prison.

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