YOU recall the horrific case of Dale & Leilani Neumann, creationists who killed their daughter in a prolonged and agonizing faith-healing program instead of taking her to a doctor for what was a treatable condition. See: The Wages of Stupid.
In that post we were delighted to report that the father of the murdered girl had been convicted of causing her death, as his wife had been a few months earlier in a separate trial. But the deadly duo hadn’t yet been sentenced. That has now happened, and we regret to report the results.
In the Irish Times we read Six-month jail term for parents who forsook doctor for prayer. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
The unrepentant parents of a sick Wisconsin girl who died after they turned to prayer instead of getting medical help which could have saved her were jailed for six months yesterday.
Six months? Only six months? Let’s read on:
Dale and Leilani Neumann could have received up to 25 years in prison for second-degree homicide in the March 2008 death of 11- year-old Madeline, who died of a treatable form of diabetes.
Instead Judge Vincent Howard jailed them for a month each year for the next six years, after telling them they were “very good people, raising their family, who made a bad decision, a reckless decision”.
Six months would have been an unbelievably lenient sentence, but this is worse because it isn’t even six consecutive months. The child-killers will serve only one month a year. That’s their penalty for behaving like savages and causing their little girl’s slow death. And the judge tells them they’re “very good people.”
Prosecutors said the Neumanns recklessly killed the youngest of their four children by ignoring obvious symptoms of severe illness as she became too weak to speak, eat, drink or walk. They said the couple had a legal duty to take their daughter to a doctor but relied totally on prayer for healing.
Right, and the prosecutors did a good job. We congratulate them. The deranged parents were convicted in two separate trials. But after that, things went horribly wrong at the sentencing stage. A mere six months, spread over six years. That’s nothing! It’s less bother than a hitch in the Army Reserve. Here’s more:
During the sentencing hearing, Leilani Neumann (41) told the judge her family was loving and forgiving and had wrongly been portrayed as religious zealots. “I do not regret trusting truly in the Lord for my daughter’s health,” she said.
Yes, just a loving family, “wrongly been portrayed as religious zealots.” Can you handle any more of this? Here you go:
Dale Neumann (47) read from the Bible and told the judge that he loved his daughter. “I am guilty of trusting my Lord’s wisdom completely . . . guilty of asking for heavenly intervention. Guilty of following Jesus Christ . . . guilty of obeying my God,” he said.
We can’t comment on that. One more excerpt:
“We live by faith,” Dale Neumann said afterwards. “We are completely content with what the Lord has allowed to come down, but He is not done yet.”
This whole affair is sick, tragic, and insane. We’re including the judge in that description because of his obvious sympathy for the killers. We strongly suspect that he too is a creationist.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
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