Monday, April 28, 2008
Madeline — called Kara by her parents — died Easter Sunday at the family’s rural Weston home. An autopsy determined she died from undiagnosed diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body.
WESTON, Wis. — Parents who prayed as their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes will be charged with second-degree reckless homicide, the Marathon County district attorney said Monday.
“It is very surprising, shocking that she wasn’t allowed medical intervention,” District Attorney Jill Falstad said.
She announced the charges Monday during a news conference at the Everest Metro Police Department with Police Chief Dan Vergin. Vergin has said Dale and Leilani Neumann told investigators their daughter Madeline last saw a doctor when she was 3 to get some shots.
The couple face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
The couple and their lawyer did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press.
Falstad said the Neumanns have cooperated with investigators and are not under arrest. They have agreed to make an initial court appearance Wednesday, she said.
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