Parents Who Relied On Faith Healing Face Charges For Child’s Death

January 22, 2009

Wisconsin (ChattahBox) – US courts are now looking to crack down on parents who allow their children to die, believing that God will heal them, rather then medicine.

Kara Neumann was only 11 years old when she passed away, after weeks spent at home, dying of complications of the juvenile diabetes that her parents refused to have treated. Their belief that God would intervene persisted, even as she lost the ability to walk, speak, or move on her own.

It was a relative who finally called police, frantic after learning the depth of what was going on. The police rushed an ambulance to the home, but it was too late. Kara was dead, the final cause being dehydration, and organ failure, as a result of her diabetes being left untreated.

This is just one of many of the cases of treatable ailments leading to a child’s death because of the parent’s unwillingness to act, believing God will cure all, and the US justice system has decided enough is enough. Dale and Leilani Neumann, Kara’s parents, have been indicted on charges of reckless endangerment leading to the death of a child.

Her parents argue that such a charge, or any punishment at all, violates their freedom of religion. The courts disagree.

“The free exercise clause of the First Amendment protects religious belief,” Judge Vincent Howard of Marathon County Circuit Court said of his decision to indict. “but not necessarily conduct.”

If convicted, both Mr and Mrs Neumann could face 25 years in prison, each. It is thought that this will be the first of many to take a firm stand against the reliance of “faith healing”.


2 Responses to “Parents Who Relied On Faith Healing Face Charges For Child’s Death”

  1. IntolerantFaith on January 22nd, 2009 3:32 pm

    I find it incredible that any parent would allow their child to die if they had the option to help improve their chances of survival.
    They really aren’t fit to be parents, and their child paid the price.
    I feel so sorry for this poor girl.

  2. Jameel on January 26th, 2009 1:32 pm

    “Freedom of religion” hardly extends to allowing your own child to die because of one’s own stubborn negligence. The Neumanns should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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