Faith healers sentenced to jail term
Oregon City couple did not seek treatment for infant
Friday, June 24, 2011
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon couple has been sentenced to 90 days in jail in a faith-healing case after failing to seek medical care for their infant daughter.
TV station KGW reported Friday a judge ordered staggered sentences for Rebecca and Timothy Wyland, and the terms of their probation for the next three years include providing medical care for daughter Alayna.
The Oregon City couple belongs to the Followers of Christ Church, which practices faith healing and rejects doctors. They were convicted of criminal mistreatment.
Their daughter developed a growth above her left eye as a baby that eventually threatened her with blindness because it went untreated.
They are the fourth and fifth church members convicted in the past two years of crimes involving medical neglect of children.