Sarah Markham has finally gotten her baby son, Caleb, back after police barged into her home five months ago and took the infant into protective custody. Ms. Markham had been ordered to take her son into the emergency room by the baby's doctor back in June. She had decided instead to supplement her breast milk with vegan formula and the doctor called protective services when she defied his request. Police had to call a locksmith to get into her home, she was defensive at the time and argumentative with no observed sense of urgency on the baby's behalf.
Markham feels that the doctor would not have recommended she take the baby in to the hospital if she hadn't asked him for an alternative to the mother's breast milk since Caleb was having trouble nursing. The baby was having trouble gaining weight and had lost 10 percent of his body weight when the mother began feeding him soy formula.
According to the Seminole County Protective Services Sarah Markham was able to see her son only a few times a week during supervised visits. He had been held in service for five months until Sarah Markham won back custody recently.
The judge decided last week that she could have her son back if she sees a nutritionist. Her grandparents had been taking care of the infant, continuing his soy formula diet, and they contend that Sarah is a fit parent. She is a Christian Seventh Day Adventist in which a vegan diet is a recognized option. She has done everything that they have asked of her which included parenting classes and mental health and drug evaluations.
Scheduled for arraignment this week her lawyer, Mark O'Mara, feels that this is no where close to a child neglect case. It is just a mother doing the best she can. He has every confidence that the charges of child neglect will be dropped.
The baby now weighs 17 pounds and is a thriving, healthy child.
This story leaves a person wondering if the doctor could have handled the situation differently or if he acted in the best interest of the child.
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