Vegan Mom Arrested For Infant Neglect After Refusing Medical Assistance For Dehydrated Child

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Where do the rights of the parents to raise their children in the manner they see fit end?

In a case likely to kick up — yet again – the debate over parental responsibility regarding how children are fed, a Florida mother was arrested Tuesday for child neglect and her newborn was admitted to the hospital in a crisis that started over vegan beliefs.

Local news station WESH reports that Sarah Anne Markham’s pediatrician alerted authorities after the woman’s 12-day-old baby appeared dehydrated during a doctor visit. The doctor said that Markham refused the medical advice to admit the child to the hospital or take the medicine offered, on the grounds that “it contained ingredients that came from animals.” After police were summoned to her home, Markham reportedly told them that she’d purchased organic soy formula for the baby, and that “she wanted to pursue a religion-based treatment and she had contacted a ‘natural’ or vegan doctor, but police said she did not share any proof of this to them.” Police added that “They asked Markham if the product was confirmed with a doctor that it was safe to give the newborn, and she replied saying that since it was organic, it must be OK.” The baby remains in protective custody.

The case has chilling echoes of the one of the Atlanta couple who three years ago were sentenced to life for murder in the starvation death of their 6-week-old son. The couple’s defense argued that “the parents did the best they could while adhering to the lifestyle of vegans,” but prosecutors countered that they’d limited his diet to soy milk and apple juice. At the time of his death, the baby weighed just three and a half pounds. Also in 2011, a French couple were charged with “neglect and food deprivation followed by death” after the demise of their 11-month-old baby, who died underweight and with a vitamin deficiency. The vegan couple admitted the child’s entire diet consisted of breast milk.

via Is veganism child abuse? – Salon.com.

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  • Craig Bickford

    This is kind of silly. They were probably going to give her child an IV of saline solution to re-hydrate her. I have a lot of EMT’s and paramedics in my extended family. They may have offered her some animal based dairy formula, but the IV fr re-hydration may have been recommended first, and or with the formula. I could be way off base but this sort of sounds like it has a neglected aspect to it. I would be more concerned, well besides the obvious medical emergency of a dehyrdrated child, that is paramount (and I’m actually surprised they let the child leave in that condition, but I guess it wasn’t severe enough), with the soy based formula. Get that kid some breast milk, not that fucking soy garbage. Anyone here actually read some of the name brand formula ingredients, with soy as the base? They are loaded with high fructose syrup. And if the mother can’t produce milk, I know there are a number of reasons why this can happen, but one is that she isn’t taking in enough good quality saturated fats, and her hormone levels are probably way of. With out saturated fats of good quality your cholesterol manufacture is down, and that effects brain functions, brain repair, sex hormones and a number of other endocrine related activities.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    this story plays on some common huristics
    e.g.: vegans are nutty foodists & medicos are smart helpful caregivers
    it’s subtle warning to “normal” people not to buck the system
    especially when kids are involved

    it also shows that if you buck the system
    you should avoid intake systems like Pig Hellcare
    if you’d like to escape their grasp

    • Mr Grim

      Yeah, this story is much less to do with the mother being vegan, than her
      being a bit of a head-case, regardless of her chosen dietary lifestyle.

      And yet the story doesn’t play that way: esp. the para about the Atlanta and French couples, both stories which are approx. three years in the past, but it pulls them in as more “they’re all whack jobs!” propaganda, as if this is what all vegans are doing, as opposed to those particular people being deluded idiots who shouldn’t be allowed to look after a goldfish.

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  • erte4wt4etrg

    Wonderful picture…not sure if I’m being sarcastic or not

  • Andrew

    Parents don’t have rights, they have responsibilities.

    • HCE

      They have both.

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  • InfvoCuernos

    So, do vegans breast feed? I know that this situation required more than simple solutions like that, but it brought the question to mind.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      Yes but they discontinue breast feeding when older unlike most people who switch to breast milk meant for calves.

      • InfvoCuernos

        thanks

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  • marshall

    so being vegan had nothing to do with anything, she was just slightly ignorant and neglectful.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    The doctor said that Markham refused the medical advice to admit the child to the hospital or take the medicine offered

    her crime was to refuse advice from a profession
    that is the 3rd most frequent cause of death in Duh Homeland
    professional medical help

    when did doctors become cops?

  • happypedro

    a manipulated and manipulating story — and the choice of the image for this posting on DisInfo is poor taste. vegan approach to things when done well (informed, as opposed to the ignorant way this lady unfortunately implemented) is super healthy.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I may not be the biggest fan of mega-corp and big pharm…but lets not hold this retarded cow up as a hero of the revolution. Too dumb to figure out that your kid is starving to death because your ‘beliefs’ are crashing headlong into reality? Bullet to the face for wasting air and water the rest of us need. There are many many stupid people. There are many vegans. Sometimes these things intersect…and the ‘principled belief’ (RE: fucking delusion) that basic nutrients fall into morally acceptable camps becomes as rigidly held as a hillbillys snakehandlers need to get bit by rattlers because : Jeebus. Get over it. Don’t try to wangle a way out of this idiot’s malfeasance to justify a collection of pre set biases. They almost killed their kid…because they are A)stupid and B) vegan…not because they were only ONE of those two…but because they were BOTH…a combination as deadly as dumb and Christian, or dumb and Muslim, or dumb and soccer fan, or dumb and pro govt/corp, or dumb and anti-govt/corp. Combine anything with rigid stupidity/blind belief and bad things happen…always.

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    • error403

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