Police are investigating an 11-year-old girl's death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.
An autopsy showed Madeline Neumann died Sunday of diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition that left too little insulin in her body, Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin said.
Apparently the girl had never been to a doctor after she took some shots when she was three. Wow! No booster shots? She never needed a tetanus shot even?
An interesting thing about this news report is the clever salting of it with apparently unrelated information. All of it adds up to a picture that is supposed to be as easily identifiable as a MacDonald's sign: such as, that the girl was home schooled; or that her father was a former cop; that the girl was 'known to wear her straight brown hair in a ponytail'. This, and the detail about the basketball hoop in the driveway - which I admit had me puzzled for a bit - are all very, very clever touches.
Wonder what will happen to the parents.