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Lawyers: Faith-Healing Parents Sought Care for Daughter

c. 2011 Religion News Service
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two faith-healing parents pleaded with child-welfare workers for permission to take their infant daughter to a doctor and keep her out of state custody, defense attorneys said Tuesday (May 31).

The Oregon Department of Human Services refused the request and, on June 29, 2010, brought the young girl to a hospital, where she was treated for a growth on her eye that left her on the verge of blindness. A doctor who examined the girl said she suffered from medical neglect.

The DHS response was the focus of testimony Tuesday in the case of the parents, Timothy and Rebecca Wyland, who are charged with first-degree criminal mistreatment for failing to provide medical care for their daughter, Alayna.


The Wylands are members of the Followers of Christ, an Oregon City faith-healing church that has seen scores of deaths involving children who were denied traditional medical care.

Defense attorneys maintain that DHS took custody of the girl under the guise that she needed emergency medical care, and refused to allow the Wylands to take her to a doctor on their own. Before the girl saw treating physicians, defense attorneys contend she was first evaluated
by pediatricians who specialize in child abuse.

Defense attorneys argue the Wylands are the victims of an overly aggressive bureaucracy that snatched their daughter. Attorneys also raised the issue of religious discrimination, saying DHS reports seem to target the couple for their church affiliation.

DHS caseworker John Faber testified that he was aware that the Wylands belonged to the church but denied that their religion was the reason Alayna was taken from their home.

(Steve Mayes writes for The Oregonian in Portland, Ore.)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    The Oregan Dept. of Human Services didn’t just drop in and decide at the drop of hat to take this baby away from this couple. They don’t work that way. The couple said they would take the baby to a physician because they didn’t want to lose custody of their infant. What the infant had in her eye had been there, as I’ve read before for a length of time, and they didn’t take care of it. Freedom of religion does not mean you can sacrifice your childrens health in 2011.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    Good for the Dept of Human Services for sticking by their guns! Religion, as mentioned above, does not mean you can sacrifice your children’s health!

  • Gertha Banks

    Let us pray for the Wylands and Followers of Christ church members for this is the greatest love of all. For no one is with out sin.
    This can be more so when one is cut off from learning the truth about how to be truly born again in LORD GOD HOLY SPIRIT that was given from His Ordinance, and Christ Doctrine that He gave to His disciples to lead you to Christ in spirit and truth
    The Ordinance Lord God and Christ Doctrine are based on the Holy Bible

    The Ordinance Lord God, and Christ Doctrine has power over every Religion

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    It’s “the greatest love of all” to deny your children real medical care? You sound confused or worse.

    Yes, kudos to the authorities on this one.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment LutheranChik

    Thank God that someone intervened. There’s nothing good or holy about negligent parents whose inaction causes a child to suffer.

  • Gertha Banks

    I thank the Lord that the Wyland child is getting medical help; I also thank the Lord for the person or persons who turn them in to the authority. With out prayer this may have not happen

    Please keep in mind that their may be more children with in the Follower of Christ Church members who may need help from the authority.

    May your prayer keep working whether it from the power of the Lord or authority who answer

    Your prayer is needed for the Follower of Christ Church members to stand in the Spirit of Lord God, and seek help when prayer is not answer in healing
    Rom 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    You should thank the authorities and the person.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    Gertha I know you mean well, but when your child is sick and the symptoms aren’t in your Well-Care Book for children, you pray as you take them to the doctors. You don’t pray for several days to see if God will heal them for you and then take them to the drs. when nothing happens and the child gets worse.

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