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Prosecutors defend charges in prayer death case

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Charging two parents with killing their 11-year-old daughter by praying instead of seeking medical care doesn't infringe on their constitutional rights.

  That's what Marathon County prosecutors argued Tuesday in asking a judge to deny a Weston couple's request to dismiss second-degree reckless homicide charges against them.

  The 10-page brief is the latest development in an expected long legal fight over the Easter death of Madeline Neumann from undiagnosed and treatable diabetes.

  Attorneys for her parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, say the couple cannot be prosecuted without their right to practice their religion being violated.

  A judge has already said there is no legal precedent in Wisconsin for settling the dispute.

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