Pediatrician Testifies Kara Neumann Could Have Been Saved Moments Before Death

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

It's Dale Neumann's defense attorney's chance to present his case, as prosecutor's wrap theirs.

Neumann, 47, is on trial for recklessly killing his 11-year-old daughter Kara by not taking her to the doctor when she was dying of diabetes.

His attorney says Neumann did what he believed was right: to pray and trust in God to heal her.

On a police video recorded the night of Kara's death that was shown to jurors Wednesday, Neumann told an investigator that his confidence is not in medicine or doctors, but in the Lord and Him only.

He also said sickness is caused by sin, yet said it wasn't his sweet daughter's fault she died.

The jury heard from the pediatrician who treated Kara when she arrived at St. Claire's emergency room the day she died.

Dr. Joseph Monaco testified Kara would have had a chance of survival had she been brought in just moments before her heart stopped.

When Assistant District Attorney LaMont Jacobson asked him whether the Neumanns asked what caused Kara's death, he remembered something unusual.

"It is my best recollection the family did not ask me why their daughter died and I remember that clearly because just about every family I've ever dealt with has asked me that," Dr. Monaco said.

Defense attorney Jay Kronenwetter called his first witness Wednesday afternoon.

Lou Anne Esko was a customer at the Neumann's former business Monkey Mo Coffee. She testified that she chatted with Kara just three days before she died and was shocked to learn of her death.

"My God she waited on me Thursday morning and there was nothing wrong with her, as I described earlier she was perky and peppy and bright as she always was," Esko testified.

But when Neumann's mother Elvira took the stand, she said she didn't agree with her son and "could never watch either of her children die."

Neumann will get a chance to tell his story, he's expected to take the stand himself.

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