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Cult members sentenced to 90 days in jail, probation in faith healing case

Timothy and Rebecca Wyland An Oregon City couple who treated their infant daughter with faith healing rather than take her to a doctor were sentenced today in Clackamas County circuit court to 90 days in jail and three years probation.

The Wylands are members of the Followers of Christ Church, theologically a cult of Christianity, whose extreme faith healing beliefs and practices have left a trail of dead children in its wake.

Timothy, Rebecca Wyland guilty of criminal mistreatment in faith-healing trial

Timothy and Rebecca Wyland A jury spent one hour deliberating Tuesday before unanimously finding an Oregon City couple guilty of felony criminal mistreatment for treating their infant daughter with faith-healing rather than taking her to a doctor.

The Wylands face up to five years in prison but are likely to receive probation and possibly some time in jail. They will be sentenced June 24.

Former Follower of Christ church member’s advice: ‘Just leave’

faith healing The medically preventable deaths of children of church members and two high-profile trials about those parents’ culpability – and indirectly, any blame that might fall to the church – has put a spotlight on the Followers of Christ Church, which believes only in faith healing when it comes to life-and-death situations.

Now, a former member of the church has come forward to shed some light on what church members’ lives are like under the tight control church leaders exert over their followers.

Oregon City couple plead not guilty in faith-healing death of their infant son

Shannon and Dale Hickman Two members of a church that preaches faith-healing pleaded not guilty Monday to manslaughter charges for failing to provide medical care to their infant son, who died shortly after his premature birth.

Dale and Shannon Hickman are the third couple identified as members of the Followers of Christ Church to face criminal charges in the death of a child during the past two years.