CASSELBERRY, Florida (WESH) – A Florida mother was arrested on Tuesday after her newborn’s pediatrician reported her to police for not admitting the unhealthy newborn to the hospital.
During an appointment with a pediatrician for her newborn baby, Sarah Anne Markham, 23, was told that her 12-day-old child was dehydrated and needed to be admitted to the Florida Hospital South within one hour.
The doctor also provided medicine for the child.
The pediatrician notified police after Markham failed to have the newborn admitted.
For over an hour, police tried to make contact with Markham at her apartment, in which she was believed to be inside, but they were unable to.
Police then contacted a locksmith so they could gain access to the unhealthy newborn.
Upon opening the door, Markham told police she didn’t think she had to answer or acknowledge police presence.
Markham told police 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.
Markham agreed to take the newborn to the hospital but told police it was because she felt she had no other choice.
Markham was placed under arrest for child neglect without great bodily harm.