Faith-healing couple gets temporary custody ahead of trial

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OREGON CITY, Ore. — A couple from a Clackamas County faith-healing church will get temporary custody of their child, who was taken away by the state as they face mistreatment charges.

Timothy and Rebecca Wyland pleaded not guilty in July to a charge of criminal mistreatment for refusing to get medical care for their daughter 9-month-old Alayna.

They are accused of allowing a mass of blood vessels to grow over her eye, jeopardizing her vision. The Wylands are members of the Followers of Christ church, which relies on faith-healing rituals to treat illness instead of medical care.

Conditions imposed by Judge Douglas Van Dyk included daily medication and contact with a nursing staff over Skype. A court clerk said that the judge ordered the couple to seek treatment if necessary.

– Source / Full Story: Faith-healing couple gets temporary custody ahead of trial, and Associated Press, Sep. 27, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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