Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Parents jailed for relying on prayers to save dying daughter

Excerpts of Parents given jail terms for relying on prayers to save dying daughter, AP

Prosecutors contended the Neumanns recklessly killed their youngest of four children by ignoring obvious symptoms of severe illness [diabetes] as she became too weak to speak, eat, drink or walk. They said the couple had a legal duty to take their daughter to a doctor but relied totally on prayer for healing. The girl, known as Kara, died on the floor of the family's rural Weston home as people surrounded her and prayed. Someone finally called the emergency services after she stopped breathing.

The parents said they believe healing came from God and that they never expected their daughter to die as they prayed for her and summoned others to do the same.

The judge ordered the couple to serve one month in jail each year for six years so the parents can "think about Kara and what God wants you to learn from this".

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