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Wis. prayer-death conviction upheld

MADISON, Wis. — A mother and father who prayed instead of seeking medical help as their daughter died were properly convicted of homicide, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a decision that dramatically limits legal immunity for parents who turn to God rather than science to heal their children.

The decision marks the first time a Wisconsin court has addressed criminal culpability in a prayer treatment case in which a child died. The court ruled, 6 to 1, that the state’s immunity provisions for parents using prayer treatment protect them from child abuse charges but nothing else.

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