Children die when parents pray – or use quack medicine

Children die when parents pray – or use quack medicine June 16, 2009

BACK in May, we reported on the case of 41-year-old Leilani Neumann, who was convicted in Wisconsin of second-degree reckless homicide for failing to rush  her 11-year-old daughter, Madeline Kara Neumann, to a doctor when she fell ill.
Instead, she decided to pray for the girl who subsequently died of untreated diabetes in March 2008. Prosecutors convinced a jury the mother recklessly killed the girl by ignoring obvious symptoms until it was too late.

Neumann is to be sentenced for the crime on October 6, and could face 25 years in prison. The child’s father, Dale Neumann, is also charged with second-degree reckless homicide. His trial begins July 23.
Now we learn that a second couple, charged with manslaughter following the death of their 15-month-old daughter, are to face trial on June 23.
Carl and Raylene Worthington
Carl and Raylene Worthington
Carl and Raylene Worthington, from Oregon, claim they were within their constitutional rights when they decided to pray for their child, Ava, rather than take her to a doctor to be treated for pneumonia.
A state medical examiner said Ava could have easily been treated with antibiotics.
Meanwhile, a couple in Australia, Thomas Sam, 42, a homeopath, and his wife Manju, 37, of Earlwood, Sydney, are awaiting sentence after being found guilty of  manslaughter by gross criminal negligence.
Their nine-month-old daughter Gloria died after the couple tried treating her eczema with homeopathic remedies.
A court in Sydney court heard that the couple took Gloria to various health professionals, but abandoned each conventional medication she was prescribed within a short time of starting it, and chose quack medicine instead.
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