They may not be members of any particular faith, but the fact that are of any faith at all is the reason behind this childs death. She was eleven years old and all she needed was a simple injection! But no, instead of getting her treated for her ketoacidosis, they 'prayed' for her, believing their God would heal her.
Dan Vergin, the local police chief, said she had been ill for a month, suffering symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness.
"She just got sicker and sicker until she was dead," he said.
Even after her death, her parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, who did not belong to any organised faith, prayed over her body in the hope that she might be resurrected.
Police are now preparing a report for prosecutors. However, legal action against the parents may be prevented by a Wisconsin state statute against failing to act to protect children from bodily harm.The statute contains an exemption for what it refers to as "treatment through prayer". Mrs Neumann, whose husband is a former policeman, said they had never expected her daughter to die.
Worse, it looks like the authorities wont be able to do anything about it! Is it just me, or should 'treatment through prayer' be re-labeled as 'neglect'? This child was far too young to understand what was happening to her, let alone make an informed decision about how she wanted to be treated for it. So the idea that her parents will get off scott-free, is a disgusting one to me.
Other sources say they have three other, older children, all of whom are still with their parents. Again, I'm appalled - those children should be removed - what happens if they get seriously ill? will they do nothing but 'pray' and 'have faith'?
I rank this along with the 'Attachment Therapists' of the world. This is an accepted form of abuse that people simply gloss over, because in general, people pray to heal the sick who will likely heal anyway. Only when the ill person dies do people notice.
It should be illegal to refuse to offer (orthodox) medical care to a child for religious reasons.