As promised, it’s Tuesday again:
OREGON CITY – A Clackamas County 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.
Timothy and Rebecca Wyland 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.
As the verdict was read, Timothy Wyland slipped his arm around his wife’s waist, and the couple stoically faced the judge. The Wylands made no comment after the proceedings. They walked out of the courtroom surrounded by supporters from their church, some of them sobbing.
I am suspecting the supporters were sobbing over the horrible mistreatment Timothy and Rebecca Wyland had received in the American justice system, which had deprived them of their religious right to mistreat their child.
The details of the case are heartbreaking. The couple’s daughter was born in 2009 with a birthmark that eventually formed a hemangioma, a growth of blood vessels, above her eye. The growth resulted in loss of vision in the eye.
Unlike other stories featured in this column, this one has a happy ending, if you can call it that. Young Alayna Wyland was removed from her parent’s custody and given medical treatment. She did not die. This is small consolation, considering previous cases involved two children who died.
Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.