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Jury selection starts Thursday in Neumann trial


WAUSAU (AP)-- Jury selection begins Thursday in the trial of a central Wisconsin mother accused of praying while her daughter died of undiagnosed diabetes.

Leilani Neumann is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in daughter Madeline's Easter 2008 death at their rural Weston home. Prosecutors say Neumann had a duty to take her sick daughter to a doctor.

The 41-year-old mother has said the family believes in the Bible, which says healing comes from God, and she never expected her daughter to die.

A jury from Marathon County is being picked and the trial is expected to last through the next week.

Clerk of Courts Diane Sennholz says questionnaires were sent to 250 potential jurors.

The girl's father's trial starts July 23.

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