If you haven’t heard by now, the parents who murdered their diabetic daughter are getting a taste of justice. This week Dale Neumann, the father of the diabetic girl whom he and his wife watch die in their home while giving only “prayer”, was found guilty of reckless homicide. Death by diabetic ketoacidosis is not pretty. The symptoms start with extreme thirst and frequent urination. Then the person develops headaches, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Eventually, they become confused and lethargic, then lapse into a coma before dying. The discovery of insulin has made this event rare, at least for most diabetics.
But not for Madeline Kara Neumann, whose parents watched and prayed as she died painfully in their home. How should justice be done? The Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reports:
But how will Marathon County Circuit Court Judge Vincent Howard view the couple when he sentences them Oct. 6? Are they the negligent and uncaring parents that prosecutors portrayed during Dale Neumann’s weeklong trial on reckless homicide charges? Or are they devout Christians who were faithful to their convictions and already have been punished by the loss of their child, 11-year-old Madeline Kara Neumann, as defense attorneys contended?
How about both: they are devout Christians who negligently murdered their daughter in the name of their faith.
There should be no prevarication here—this is morally and legally homicide. There is no “other side” in which his act can be viewed as “devoutly faithful”, except perhaps and an auto da fe.
Some may think it would be better to give Neumann a brief sentence, then release him to raise his remaining children. Any sane person should see this as a terrible idea. He already murdered one child; what evidence do we have that his strong faith won’t be used to murder another? He sat through his trial, Bible in hand, with no reported renunciation of his homicidal beliefs. Why should society trust him?
We shouldn’t. His right to act however his faith instructs ends at the tip of his nose. His imposition of faith, his implementation of what he perceives as God’s will, is abhorrent, and he cannot be trusted caring for children.
So, for the sake of the children, lock the murderer up until they’re age of majority. And while you’re at it, consider mandating that he stay away from children, similar to how we treat sex offenders. Lock him up, throw away the key, and surround him with pictures of his suffering child.
That would be justice.