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Sweat lodge victim's family holds Ray responsible

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The daughter of a Prior Lake woman who died after an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony says she wants to see the man who led it behind bars.

Andrea Puckett told KARE-TV in Minneapolis the family knew her 49-year-old mother, Liz Neuman, would hike and fast, but she had never heard of a sweat lodge. She says she might have assumed it was something safe like a sauna.

Law enforcement is investigating the Oct. 8 ceremony at the retreat outside Sedona, Ariz. that was led by motivational speaker James Arthur Ray. It left 18 hospitalized and three dead, including 38-year-old Kirby Brown, of Westtown, N.Y., and 40-year-old James Shore, of Milwaukee.

The Neuman family's lawyer is preparing a lawsuit naming Ray.

Puckett says Ray didn't call the family until a day after her mother died.

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