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Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide on prayer death convictions

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The State Supreme Court plans to announce Wednesday whether a Wausau area couple should be guilty of homicide, for praying instead of getting medical help for their dying daughter.

Dale and Leilani Neumann want the justices to throw out their 2009 convictions for second-degree reckless homicide.

11-year-old Kara Neumann died on Easter Sunday of 2008 from complications of diabetes. That’s after the couple failed to get medical help and insisted on faith healing instead.

State law allows such faith healing without making parents liable for child abuse. The Justice Department says homicide laws take precedence when a child dies, but the Neumanns’ attorneys say the law is not clear in that regard.

During oral arguments last December, Pat Roggensack was the only justice to give any indication of how she was leaning.

She said the Neumann’s original juries concluded that they crossed the line – and she asked why the Supreme Court should rule differently.