Due to her only-god-will-save-you parents, this is what happened to 8-month-old Alayna May Wyland:
Timothy and Rebecca Wyland’s daughter Alayna, born in December 2009, developed an abnormal growth of blood vessels that covered her left eye and threatened her vision.
The Wylands belong to the Followers of Christ, an Oregon City congregation that relies on faith healing. Rather than taking their daughter to a doctor, they relied on prayer, anointing with oil and laying on of hands.
There’s finally some justice, though.
After only an hour of deliberation, an Oregon court convicted Alayna’s parents this week of felony criminal mistreatment:
Sentencing was set for June 24.
The penalty for first-degree criminal mistreatment is a maximum five years in prison but the Wylands are considered likely to receive probation or possibly some jail time.
… lead prosecutor Christine Landers told jurors in her closing argument that the defense was just a smokescreen.
The couple had 6 ½ months to seek medical attention before the state intervened but they did not, Landers said. Because of their faith, “they never would have,” she said.
When you’re suffering, you’re welcome to pray for yourself. When your kids are suffering, you better damn well take them to a qualified medical professional.
(Thanks to J B for the link)