WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of a Wisconsin couple who prayed instead of seeking help for their 11-year-old daughter, who died from a treatable form of diabetes.
Dale and Leilani Neumann, of Weston, will now go before a Marathon County judge January 30. That judge will decide whether the Neumann's begin serving their court-ordered sentences, which had been postponed pending an appeal, according to the Daily Herald Media.
Separate juries convicted the parents of second-degree reckless homicide in their daughter's death in 2009, and a judge ordered them to serve one month in jail per year for six years, a concession intended to ease the burden of caring for the couple's surviving children.
To date, neither parent has spent a day in jail.
Dale Neumann's defense attorney says he'll ask the judge to toss the sentences outright. Prosecutor Lance Leonhard said there's no reason to delay their sentences any longer.
Madeline Kara Neumann died of undiagnosed diabetes at home in March 2008. Doctors testified that she'd have had a good chance of survival if she'd received medical care in time. Her parents resisted suggestions from her grandmother to take her to a doctor, saying medical intervention would take the glory away from God.
Dale Neumann testified that the possibility of death never entered their minds. After the girl died, Leilani Neumann told police God would raise Kara from the dead.
The Neumanns don't belong to any organized religion or church but identify themselves as Pentecostal Christians. They say they believe visiting a doctor is akin to worshipping an idol.
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