We now know how much time you have to spend in jail if you kill your own child:
Last time we heard of the saga of Madeline Kara Neumann — the 11-year-old who died from untreated diabetes, after slipping into a coma, because her parents prayed instead of calling a doctor — both her parents were found guilty of “second-degree reckless homicide.”
They faced up to 25 years in prison.
Today, we learned they would only be sentenced to six months of that. (Plus 10 years probation… just in case they go all prayer-y against their three other children?)
It’s not even six months in a row. It’s one month a year for six years… with only one parent gone at a time.
The judge was entirely too lenient with them:
In sentencing the couple, Marathon County Circuit Court Judge Vincent Howard said the Neumanns were “very good people, raising their family who made a bad decision, a reckless decision.”
“God probably works through other people,” Howard told the parents, “some of them doctors.”
At least there’s some hope for their remaining children.
As part of their probation, the parents must allow a public health nurse to examine their two underage children at least once every three months and must immediately take their children to a doctor for any serious injuries.
Sadly, it’s too late for Kara. And the message other ultra-religious parents will get from this is that when you place your trust in a god instead of with people with actual knowledge, the punishment is far from severe and you’ll be seen as victims instead of killers.
I predict it won’t be long before it happens again. Without harsher penalties, these parents won’t learn anything.
(Thanks to Skunque for the link)