Relatives testify on behalf of Ore. parents



OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Relatives of an Oregon couple charged with criminal mistreatment in the medical care of their infant daughter have testified that Timothy and Rebecca Wyland were devoted, ideal parents.

Jamie and Gary Crone are Timothy Wyland’s sister and brother-in-law. Like the Wylands, they belong to the Followers of Christ, an Oregon City church that relies on faith healing.

Jamie Crone told Circuit Court jurors Thursday that she didn’t believe the golf-ball-sized growth over little Alayna’s left eye posed a threat to the girl’s vision. She referred to the growth as a “birthmark” and said she thought it would go away.

Child-welfare workers took custody of the girl last summer. Doctors who treated her said she was on the verge of blindness in the eye.

Now 1 1/2 years old, the child remains in state custody but lives with her parents.

The trial resumes Monday.


Information from: The Oregonian,