State wins custody rights over girl in Oregon City faith-healing case

The Department of Human Services on Tuesday won custody of a child who faced blindness in one eye after her parents treated her with prayer instead of seeking medical care.

The girl’s parents, Timothy and Rebecca Wyland, face criminal charges for failing to provide adequate care.

The state has had temporary custody of 10-month-old Alayna Wyland since July. The state initially placed her in foster care but last month allowed her to return to the Wyland home under a court order that requires close medical supervision and other conditions.

The ruling Tuesday by Clackamas County Circuit Judge Douglas V. Van Dyk will assure that the Wylands continue to comply with a treatment plan and gives the state the power to act on Alayna’s behalf.

Van Dyk said continued state involvement is needed because the Wylands’ failure to provide necessary medical treatment to Alayna “resulted in serious physical injury.”


The Wylands, who belong to the Followers of Christ in Oregon City, asked the judge to return custody to them, promising they would continue a care plan that may save sight in the girl’s left eye.
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– Source / Full Story: State wins custody rights over girl in Oregon City faith-healing case, Steve Mayes, The Oregonian, Oct. 12, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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