Prosecutors seek jail for convicted Oregon couple
Thursday, June 23, 2011
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) -- Prosecutors plan to ask a judge to sentence an Oregon couple to 90 days in jail after they were convicted of criminal mistreatment for failing to seek medical care for their infant daughter.
Rebecca and Timothy Wyland of Oregon City belong to the Followers of Christ Church, which practices faith healing and rejects doctors.
Their daughter, Alayna, developed a growth above her left eye as a baby that eventually threatened her with blindness because it went untreated.
Doctors said the growth would never have posed a threat if the Wylands had sought medical care when they first noticed it.
The Oregonian reports the couple are the fourth and fifth church members convicted in the past two years of crimes involving medical neglect of children. Sentencing was scheduled Friday morning.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com