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Author Steve Mayes

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, […] Read More

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two members of a controversial Oregon City church that rejects medical treatment were released from prison Wednesday (March 30) after serving time in the faith-healing death of their teenage son. Jeffrey and Marci Beagley were convicted on a charge of criminally negligent homicide last year and sentenced to 16 months in […] Read More

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) A 13-month-old child who faced blindness in one eye after her parents treated her with prayer instead of seeking medical care continues to improve, a state caseworker told a juvenile court. Doctors treating Alayna Wyland said a growth over the girl’s left eye continues to shrink. Her vision is now 20/360, […] Read More

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two members of an Oregon church that preaches faith-healing pleaded not guilty Monday (Aug. 30) to manslaughter charges for failing to provide medical care to their infant son, who died shortly after his premature birth. Attorneys for Dale R. Hickman and Shannon M. Hickman entered the pleas. The Hickmans did not […] Read More