Sarah Markham was arrested in Casselberry, Fla., today because she reportedly refused to take her dehydrated newborn to the hospital.
According to the police report, Markham was told by her baby's doctor that the infant had lost weight and needed to go to the hospital, but the new mom refused to do so because of her deeply held and sincere vegan beliefs that oppose any consumption of animal products.
After Markham and her baby did not turn up at the hospital, police went to her apartment and talked to her for about an hour through her front door, which she refused to open, reports ClickOrlando.com (video below).
Markham's family told WFTV that she wanted to get a second opinion from a holistic doctor, but police claimed the 13-day-old infant was in immediate danger.
"Our number one priority is to make sure that person or that child is okay and that their life isn't in jeopardy," stated Orlando Police Cpl. Kristine Pamatian. "It was imminent the child needed to have this medical attention, so we have to go on the information at the time, and that's where we would be in making decisions."
Eventually, a locksmith was called and opened the door for police.
Markham, who is a Seventh Day Adventist, reportedly told police that she didn't believe her baby could be dehydrated because the infant was able to defecate.
Markham refused to give her baby the formula recommended by the doctor because the ingredients came from animals, noted the police report. Instead, she bought some organic soy formula, which was supposedly safe because it came from a Whole Foods Market and doesn't contain any animal ingredients.
Police say Markham was arrested and charged with child neglect, but seemed content on her way to jail when told that she would not be allowed to see her baby until a court hearing was conducted.
The baby was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was placed into state custody.