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Madison Democrat wants to end faith based healing exception for child abuse

The baby was reportedly having seizures and doctors report bleeding on the brain.
The baby was reportedly having seizures and doctors report bleeding on the brain.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Democrat says she’ll try again to stop letting parents avoid child abuse charges by using prayers instead of doctors to heal their kids.

Madison Representative Terese Berceau first tried ending the exception in 2009, but it never came up for a vote.

Her new effort comes in response to yesterday’s State Supreme Court ruling which upheld the reckless homicide convictions of Dale and Leilani Neumann of Weston.

They used faith-healing instead of medical care, as their 11-year-old diabetic daughter Kara died in 2008.

The Neumanns said they had legal protections under the state’s child abuse exception for faith healing, but the court agreed with the Justice Department that the homicide charges took precedence.

Berceau says the Neumanns should never have been allowed to make their faith-healing argument.

In her words, “It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure the health of their children, and as this case so tragically demonstrates, to set aside their own personal convictions in order to save the life of their child.”

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