Mom Refused To Take Toddler To Hospital Over Veganism
A Casselberry, FL woman was arrested over allegations she wouldn’t take her child to the hospital because of her staunch vegan beliefs.
Sarah Anne Markham was arrested Tuesday on a charge of child neglect.
According to Casselberry police, a pediatrician told Markham that her baby needed to be admitted to Florida Hospital South for treatment because the child was dehydrated and was losing weight.
Markham, however, went home and would not answer when officers knocked at her door.
Police used a locksmith to enter the apartment and interviewed Markham, who said she wanted to get a second opinion about her child, according to a police report.
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 had contacted a “natural” or “vegan” doctor but was unable to provide any information about him, other than a name.