Faith Healer parents sent to jail for not seeking medical treatment for their daughter

Rebecca and Timothy Wyland, parents of Alayna May Wyland had a sentencing hearing yesterday in Oregon City. When their daughter had an “abnormal growth of blood vessels that covered her left eye,” decided to pray for her instead of taking her to the nearest doctor.

They were sentenced today in Clackamas County circuit court to 90 days in jail and three years probation.

Clackamas County Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Jones also required Timothy and Rebecca Wyland to notify the probation department when spiritual healing methods are used.

“Your prayers should complement not compete with proper medical care,” Judge Jones said.

Jones also required the Wylands to:

  • Comply with all medical recommendations of the doctors treating Alayna;
  • Notify the probation department of all scheduled medical appointments for Alayna and prove they attended the appointments;
  • Inform probation officers of any significant injury suffered by any child in their care.

If you want more background to this story, please see my post on them made a few weeks ago.

Like I’ve said, this tragic story is the result of severe brainwashing heresy being taught as Christian orthodoxy. I do think justice has been done, but I also think that once the sentence has been served, proper counselling should be pursued. And I would heartily recommend a church change for the family.

Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @

  • Dilys

    I totally agree with the statement made by the judge: medical healing complements spiritual healing. There is no doubt that our God is a healing God. Nothing is impossible for Him. Nothing. But that doesn’t mean that He hasn’t provided medical treatment, doctors, nurses… They’re a gift from God too. Trusting in Him means looking for the subtle hints too in the amazing, miraculous world He has created around us!