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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Every Child Deserves a Mother and a Father…

posted by on March 27 at 8:30 AM

An 11-year-old girl died after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help for a treatable form of diabetes, police said Tuesday.

Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin said Madeline Neumann died Sunday…. Vergin said an autopsy determined the girl died from diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body, and she had probably been ill for about 30 days, suffering symptoms like nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness.

The girl’s parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, attributed the death to “apparently they didn’t have enough faith,” the police chief said. They believed the key to healing “was it was better to keep praying. Call more people to help pray,” he said.

The mother believes the girl could still be resurrected, the police chief said.

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Let's kill the mother and see if she could be resurrected. I bet she could!

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 27, 2008 9:08 AM

The abject stupidity of people like this just amazes me. I have faith that both parents will be thrown in jail for this.

Posted by Hernandez | March 27, 2008 9:11 AM

Your faith is just as much a piss in the wind as these parents' faith.

Posted by Keith | March 27, 2008 9:14 AM

Best the parents have no more children; that sort of moronic behavior needs thinned out of the herd.

Posted by Andrew | March 27, 2008 9:22 AM

The fact that the siblings are still in the home is disturbing. The police said there was no sign of abuse, but doesn't allowing a 11 year-old girl to die from a easily treatable disease constitute neglect (and homicide!) If they had done it because they were high on meth, they would have been arrested and charged with negligent homicide, but since they claim "Jesus", it's okay.

Posted by JoeInOttawa | March 27, 2008 9:23 AM

Follow the link and read the story. The girl has three siblings that have been left in the home because "there's no reason to remove them." Other than having delusional parents that have already killed one child.

Posted by Mikeblanco | March 27, 2008 9:26 AM

I wonder why those people don't teach their kids to pray instead of eat.

Posted by Carollani | March 27, 2008 9:35 AM

"No signs of abuse" ... other than fucking MURDER by neglect. How fucking dense are Wisconsin police?

Posted by Gloria | March 27, 2008 9:36 AM

Why can't we spay/neuter people like this?

The only upside I can think of is that if Darwin is correct they'll kill off their remaining children too and spare the gene pool their inferior intellects.

Posted by Y.F. | March 27, 2008 9:38 AM

My son was diagnosed 6 years ago. When symptoms of diabetes occur it is drastic. Going to the bathroom constantly, drinking massive amounts of water, extreme lethargy. He was a VERY sick boy. I couldn't imagine watching him be like that for a MONTH. The bible should be a banned book with all the harm it's caused.

Posted by muggims | March 27, 2008 9:39 AM

And I get real tired of the, "well they've lost a child, they've suffered enough" bullshit.

Just like JoeInOttawa @ #5 said, if this had happened because they were high on meth their other kids would be taken from them and they'd be facing charges.

Posted by monkey | March 27, 2008 9:53 AM

@10, I've never read anything in the bible that says not to seek all treatment available or that prayer will heal everything.

What should be banned is those spreading the lies that faith heals all and that everything happens for a reason.

Posted by ahava | March 27, 2008 10:10 AM

Them peoples got a touch of the crazy.

Posted by Michigan Matt | March 27, 2008 10:18 AM

Of course, we need to be absolutely tolerant of these crazies--I mean, fine upstanding Christians who are acting out of sincerely held beliefs--even though a little girl ended up dead.

Now, lets get back to bashing an African American religious leader for making a few pointed observations, shall we?

Religous tolerance for some, not for others.

Posted by JoshWatermanMN | March 27, 2008 10:28 AM

@3 - yeah, that's kind of my point (sarcasm often fails when it's typed) - the parents will get off with a slap on the wrist, but they should be locked up, or at the very least, forcibly sterilized.

Posted by Hernandez | March 27, 2008 11:20 AM

My heart breaks when I read stories like this.

Because of the ignorance and stupidity of her parents, this little girl's life was cut short. She didn't die from cancer or from an incurable disease; she died from a condition that is manageable with treatment. She did not have to die.

In my opinion, both parents should be charged with at least manslaughter if not a flow-blown first-degree murder charge. There would also be room for charges of neglect and for child abuse. Yes, denying your child medical care is abuse - even if you're praying to Jesus or whoever else at the time.

The parents are free to choose for themselves if they need medical care; they don't have to accept it or seek it out. But when it comes to their children, they don't have that choice. Their children have a right to medical care - even if the parents themselves don't "believe" in it.

Someone, please take away from them any other children that this couple has. Spare the surviving children the same horror that their sister went through.

Posted by Jonathon | March 27, 2008 11:29 AM

The mother sounds like she's about to drag the poor kid's body out to the Pet Sematary (sic). In other words, barking mad.

How does this kind of crazy differ from deciding the kid is possessed of the devil and needs to be beaten? Either way, it's child abuse based on delusion. I don't really understand why they're allowed around children at all.

Posted by Geni | March 27, 2008 11:36 AM


If the kid didn't want treatment, the parents could force it on her. Like it or not, parents have a "right" to force medical treatment or deny it. It's pretty stupid, especially considering that, if the girl had merely died of neglect, the parents would be in jail by now.

But that's how it is, and the only way to change it is to dismantle parental rights.

Posted by keshmeshi | March 27, 2008 11:55 AM

The Heterosexual life style is considered "sacred" and there fore immune to any judgement. Hetero parents, as bad as these are, will be allowed to "parent" other children, why? because they made those children from their sexual life style and hence are the BEST place to keep the kids. So lay off these well meaning, God fearing people. Can't you see they're doing their best? LEAVE THESE PARENTS ALONE!!

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | March 27, 2008 12:10 PM

Dont be so sure about the parents being thrown in jail. They have three other children, all teenagers, that have NOT been removed from the home because "abuse" has not been determined on the child that died.

Death, but not abuse. UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH

Posted by darek | March 27, 2008 12:24 PM

The bible can only by severe interpolation say anything about modern medical attention. People read the book of Acts and think, "that's how it's supposed to happen" when people line the sick in the streets so Peter's shadow might pass over them or send Paul's handkerchief to bring healing, missing somehow that Acts is written by Luke, the "beloved PHYSICIAN."

Shameful, prideful hermeneutics.

Posted by Mr. Joshua | March 27, 2008 2:19 PM

@10 - you didn't say how old your son was; mine was diagnosed at age 7 1/2 and will be 17 this summer. Watch out for the new trend in diabetic kids shorting their insulin so they can be thinner. Mine's sitting in Children's Hospital/Pittsburgh as we "speak" with a bellyache they can't figure out.

Personally, I'd love to see those parents fry. Ketoacidosis is a situation where you kidneys are trying to process too much protein (which they aren't designed to do); this manner of death is extremely painful. And the authorities think that allowing their kid to linger and suffer isn't fucking child abuse?!

Posted by JAM in PGH | March 28, 2008 3:48 AM

Come on now. If we all pray together we can resurrect the girl so she can kill her parents.

I wonder what the girl will say when she meets her parents in their "heaven"?

Posted by robot2501 | March 28, 2008 8:23 AM

The parents of this child are members of a church that has been sacrificing children for decades (see "Child Sacrifice in Oregon"). Nearly eighty children have died so far. This is not an isolated incident. It is part of a multi-generation pattern, with a clear and singular source.

Posted by Trevor Blake | March 28, 2008 10:00 AM

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