Vegan Mom Refused Care for Dehydrated Newborn, Cops Say

She’s been arrested on child neglect charges after holding out to get a second opinion from a holistic doctor.

Sarah Markham
Sarah Markham

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.

KAF1995 June 26, 2014 at 01:30 AM
Why do we even let these women breed? There needs to be psychological testing before becoming parents at this rate.
Rita June 26, 2014 at 09:13 AM
I think this women is misguided. Plus... I'm not sure Soy is good for male babies.
ssm June 26, 2014 at 01:06 PM
This mother needs some parenting classes badly if this child lives thru this abuse. And no more babies for her also.


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