“There’s no abuse,” Baby taken away from mother for putting him on vegan diet
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida mother and her infant are reunited after five months apart.
Sarah Markham lost custody of her son when he was just 12-days-old because she refused a doctor’s order to seek medical treatment for the boy.
Doctors say the baby lost 10 percent of his birth weight within his first two weeks of life.
Instead of following the doctor’s orders to go straight to the hospital, she bought the boy vegan formula.
Markham is vegan and believes in a holistic approach to healing.
“I’m just so excited , ecstatic about getting him back. This whole thing was a nightmare and I can go back to being a new mom and bonding with him. I am just very happy,” said Markham.
Baby Caleb has been raised by his grandparents ever since.
“There’s no case, there’s no abuse, there’s no neglect, there’s simply a doctor who has been challenged by a mother and he didn’t like it,” said Bo Markham, the child’s grandfather.
On Wednesday, a judge agreed and threw out Seminole County Child Protective Services’ claims that Markham is unfit to care for her son.
Markham says Caleb is now 17 pounds and he is still on the same diet.
“He’s still on a soy formula, he’s been on it, he likes it. He’s doing well, he’s growing healthy and I can’t ask for anything more,” she said.