Young mother arrested for feeding her newborn baby soy because of her vegan beliefs (video)By Mason White 12:06 PM November 14, 2014
By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested on charges of child neglect after allegedly feeding her newborn baby soy formula instead of regular baby formula, police in Florida said.
Child services also took custody of the child and placed him in foster care.
The baby of Sarah Markham, was taken from her when he was 12 days old after losing a lot of weight. She told investigators that she wanted to try vegan formula.
Markham can only see her son once or twice a week, because the child was placed with a family, living far away from the mother.
Markham was arrested when her boy lost 10 percent of his body weight.
Instead of taking the child to the hospital on her doctor’s orders, Markham wanted to supplement breastmilk with vegan formula.
Markham is a Seventh-Day Adventist, and holistic healing is consistent with her beliefs. Markham is fighting to regain custody of the child despite the fact that she is facing criminal charges.