Tag: Timothy Wyland and Rebecca Wyland

Faith healers plead not guilty to criminal mistreatment of their infant daughter

faith healing Two members of an Oregon City faith-healing church were charged Thursday with first-degree criminal mistreatment for failing to provide medical care for their infant daughter.

Child-protection authorities took custody of the couple’s 7-month-old daughter, Alayna, after she developed a growth over her left eye that ballooned over several months to the size of a tennis ball and threatens her vision.

Oregon faith-healing parents fight to get baby back, face criminal charges

Followers of Christ Church An Oregon couple who left their infant daughter’s fate to God rather than seek medical treatment for a mass that grew over her left eye will face charges of first-degree criminal mistreatment.

Prosecutors revealed Thursday during a custody hearing that a grand jury has indicted Timothy and Rebecca Wyland, members of Oregon City’s Followers of Christ church.

Judge won’t return baby to Followers of Christ parents for now

Followers of Christ Church A judge Wednesday refused to return a 7-month-old girl to her parents, members of an Oregon City church that embraces faith healing, after hearing testimony that the child could lose vision in one eye because she didn’t get medical care.

The Wylands belong to the Followers of Christ church, which rejects secular medicine and relies on faith-healing rituals — laying on of hands, anointing with oil, prayer and fasting — to treat illnesses. The state medical examiner’s office has reported that during the past 30 years more than 20 children of church members have died of preventable or curable illnesses.

Judge orders state custody, medical care for Oregon faith healers’ child

Followers of Christ church, Oregon A judge has ruled that a couple who belong to a church that embraces faith healing must surrender their child for failing to provide medical care.

Over the past 30 years, more than 20 children of Followers of Christ church members in have died of preventable or curable illnesses.

The current case is unusual because the authorities intervened before a child died.