OR judge to decide who pays girl's medical bills

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OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon judge will decide who is responsible for paying about $26,000 in medical bills that piled up after the state took custody of the young daughter of two members of a faith-healing church.

The state took custody last summer of the daughter of Timothy and Rebecca Wyland, taking her to pediatric specialists for treatment of an abnormal growth of blood vessels that at one time engulfed her left eye.

The Oregonian reports that lawyers for the Wylands disputed some of the charges in court Monday. A judge required the couple to purchase health insurance for Alayna. Their lawyers say the insurer should have been billed for some of the expenses.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Jones said he would rule next month.

The Wylands are members of the Followers of Christ church, which practices faith healing. They were convicted in June of criminal mistreatment for failing to get medical care for their daughter. They were sentenced to 90 days in jail.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com