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Oregon City faith-healers sentenced to 90 days in jail

Timothy and Rebecca were convicted of criminal mistreatment

Clackamas County Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Jones on Friday sentenced Timothy and Rebecca Wyland to 90 days in jail for child neglect in a faith-healing case involving their 18-month-old daughter.

The Wylands were found guilty in early June of first-degree criminal mistreatment for failing to provide medical care for their infant daughter who was nearly blinded by an abnormal growth of blood vessels engulfing her left eye.

Timothy Wyland was taken in to custody to serve the jail time immediately after the court proceedings Friday morning. Rebecca Wyland begins her 90-day term on the day that her husband is released.

The Wylands belong to Oregon City's Followers of Christ Church, which embraces faith healing and rejects medical care. Children there have died in previous cases, but the Wylands' 18-month-old Alayna recovered after court-ordered medical care.

Other faith-healing cases included Jeffrey and Marci Beagley, an Oregon City couple convicted in the faith-healing death of their 16-year-old son in 2008, who completed a 16-month prison term in the spring.

Also this spring, the Legislature voted to end legal protection for believers in faith healing.

Read the June 29 Oregon City News and Clackamas Review for more on the sentencing and the Wyland case.