Is it neglectful to make your infant a vegan?
Vegan Mother Arrested For Child Neglect
A Florida mom is facing charges of neglect after authorities say she gave her newborn vegan formula.
A new mother is fighting for custody of her son, who she hasn’t been alone with since he was 12 days old, because of her vegan beliefs.
Sarah Markham’s baby was taken from her because she opted not to take him to the hospital when he was losing weight.
Instead, she told investigators she wanted to try feeding him vegan formula.
Now she’s fighting to get him back while she faces criminal charges.
“They’ve kept a child away from mom,” said attorney Mark O’Mara. “My client can only see her child once a week or twice a week because they’re requiring the child be out of county.”
Sarah Markham was arrested in June when her son was less than two weeks old.
He had lost 10 percent of his body weight.
But instead of taking the boy to the hospital under doctors’ orders, Markham wanted to try supplementing breast milk with vegan formula.
Markham is a Seventh-day Adventist, according to an arrest report, and holistic healing is in line with her beliefs.
Channel 9’s Karla Ray asked O’Mara if it rose to the level of child neglect.
“Not even close,” O’Mara said. “It’s absurd. It’s a mom trying to do the best she can, acting as a vegan which she has the entire right to do taking care of her child.”
Markham is set to face a judge on Nov. 12 to fight to regain custody of the now healthy boy while she faces criminal charges.
SMH…does a mother have a right to practice holistic healing on her child or is it too dangerous for an infant????