Dale and Leilani Neumann Should Go to Prison
Fox News has a story out on the death of 11-year-old Madeline Neumann. Apparently over a 30 day period she likely suffered from “nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness.” An autopsy determined that the girl died from diabetic ketoacidosis.
According to the report by Fox News, Madeline’s parents attributed her death to the fact that they didn’t have enough faith. It does not appear that medical professionals were ever brought to her aid.
To me, to allow a child to suffer through the symptoms that she probably suffered while not calling on medical health professionals is abuse. Abuse that has now resulted in this little girl’s death.
I grew up in a family of prayer. When I was 4 I had a tremendous fever and was taken to a church where apparently I was prayed for and healed. I grew up with parents who were involved in a sort of radical Jesus movement of the 70s. Faith healing was the norm in my childhood and routinely people were healed, demons were cast out, and once my father even claimed once that he felt a woman with one leg shorter than the other actually have her shorter leg grow while being healed in a church service.
While today faith healing is not something that I believe in, I certainly respect any individual’s choice to pray for their child and to practice their religion within the freedoms that the United States provides. But at a certain point you have to give over to science and can no longer rely solely on God to heal. To not do so is abusive to children and can result in death.
Nothing can be worse than the personal hell of losing a child. But at the same time, a message needs to be sent that parents ought to be obligated to seek medical attention for their children when things go on for more than a few days. Dale and Leilani Neumann ought to serve as examples for other parents that you can’t let things go as far as they let them go while hoping that God will save your sick child. It’s sad that Madeline is dead, but I mostly blame her parents, not God.