Mom of girl who died of untreated diabetes says sickness is caused by sin, can be cured by God

Mom who prayed for ill girl: Sin causes sickness

WAUSAU, Wis. — The mother of an 11-year-old Wisconsin girl who died of untreated diabetes says sickness is caused by sin and can be cured by God.

Leilani Neumann took the witness stand Tuesday in her husband’s trial. Dale Neumann is charged with second-degree reckless homicide for praying instead of rushing his daughter to the doctor.

Leilani Neumann was convicted of the same charge in May. She faces up to 25 years in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 6.

The mother testified that she realized her daughter was seriously ill on March 22, 2008, the day before Madeline died. She says she was worried because the girl was pale and weak. The mother testified she could not remember hearing the girl speak clearly.

She says the family’s response to the girl’s condition was to pray for her.

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