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Prayer-death case heads to Supreme Court

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The state Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it will hear the case involving a Weston couple whose daughter died after they chose to pray for her recovery.

Dale and Leilani Neumann were convicted of second-degree reckless homicide in separate trials in 2009 after their daughter, Madeline Kara Neumann, 11, died. The Neumann's argued they believed in faith healing, and prayed for Kara's recovery instead of seeking medical attention.

A Wausau appeals court declined to make its own ruling on the Neumann's appeal. A judge said that this was the first case of its kind in Wisconsin and the issues are likely to rise again if the highest court doesn't resolved them.

After their trials, the Neumann's argued the jury instructions violated their constitutional rights.

But, the state argued that the prayer exception does not apply in this case because the child was sick and the parents had a medical obligation to their child.

A trial date has not yet been set.

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