There are SEVERAL disturbing points in this article, the gist of which is that the woman seems to be extremely attached to her beliefs, some of which are misinformed and appear to make her unfit to care for her baby.
A Casselberry mother was arrested on allegations of refusing to take her newborn, diagnosed by a doctor as dehydrated, to a hospital because of her staunch vegan stance.
Sarah Anne Markham was arrested Tuesday on a charge of child neglect.
Police said Markham told them that she wanted to pursue a religious-based treatment and did not believe that her baby was dehydrated because the child was having bowel movements.
Markham said she did not give the formula/medicine that the doctor provided because she did not agree with the ingredients, which she said came from animals, the police report stated.
Markham said she purchased organic soy formula, and when asked if she confirmed with a doctor if it was safe for a newborn, she said that if Whole Foods Market sells it then the formula doesn’t contain any animal parts and, therefore, must be safe, according to police.
Once again, your personal beliefs do not trump the welfare of your child. How many times do we have to see this? Not only her beliefs about veganism but also she seems very misinformed about medication and Whole Foods products. Many questions remain. If she is so big on natural, why isn’t she breast-feeding? (Or is that an animal product? Yes, I’m pushing this but this story is about extremes. Where do you draw the line?) Will she be able to keep the child? This is frightening and raises many issues about children’s welfare with extremist parents, not much different that those that eschew conventional medical care for their kids. Is it right for society to step in and say you gave this child life, we must intervene to save its life.
Addition: It turns out she felt the police did not have authority either. She’s really out of touch with the real world.
Tip: Graham Donald