A Casselberry mother is
facing child neglect charges after declining to take her dehydrated newborn to
the hospital for treatment.
Sarah Markham, a vegan, was told by a doctor Tuesday, June 23, that her 13-day-old baby was very dehydrated and needed to be seen at a hospital. Casselberry police, however, arrested Markham seven hours after that order when she didn’t show up to make sure the baby received care, WFTV.com is reporting.
When cops showed up at Markham’s door, she refused to let them in, ClickOrlando reported. Police had to call in a locksmith to get her out, and said Markham, 23, told them she was going to pursue alternative treatment and had contacted a “natural” or vegan” doctor.
During an interview with police, Markham, a Seventh-Day Adventist said she opted not to use the formula her pediatrician recommended and selected an organic, soy-based formula instead. While she told police she would take the baby to the hospital, an hour later they found her still at home, ClickOrlando reported That’s when police brought her in on child neglect charges.
While Markham was released from the Seminole County Jail today, June 25, on bond, her baby is in state custody, MyFoxOrlando reported.
"It was imminent the child needed to have this medical attention, so we have to go on the information at the time, and that's where we would be in making decisions,” WFTV quoted Casselberry Cpl. Kristine Pamatian as saying.