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Wisconsin Supreme Court to issue ruling in prayer death case


The Supreme Court will issue its ruling on a Marathon County prayer death case Wednesday.

That's according to a press release from the Office of the Clerk in Madison.

The case involves 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.

Madeline, better known as Kara, ultimately died from untreated diabetes.

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.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments in the case in December 2012.

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