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Vegan FL Mom Refused to Take Sick Newborn to Hospital for Fear of Exposure to Animal Products (TEXT and VIDEO

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Police arrested a 23-year-old Casselberry, Florida woman Wednesday on charges of child neglect after she refused to seek medical treatment for her newborn baby because of her rigid vegan dietary beliefs.

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Sheila D (194)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 4:54 pm
Baby would have also gotten GMO formula...she should have at least gone to the hospital, had the baby checked out. Then discussed the formula with the doctor...doubt the doctor would have changed the formula, but may have changed the medicine for the baby. Now mom will never know, and may lose her baby permanently. Sad all around.

Freya H (357)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 5:57 pm
I can understand the mother's concerns - but she went way overboard. There are times when you don't worry about exposure to animal products or GMOs. When an angry Rottweiler is chasing you, do you worry about getting mud all over your $300 Ferragamos?

Carrie B (306)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 6:22 pm
Makes as much sense as refusing medical care on religious grounds. Children ~ especially infanys should not be subject to parent's personal agenda when it could be harmful.

When I was doing day care I had a mom and dad who were vegetarians. When I asked about their daughter's dietary requirements they said "whatever the other kids are eating. She can make her own decisions when she is old enough". What a delight. When we became quite good friends and I watched her from the age of two to six. Sometimes for overnighters. She would walk in sniff the air, smile, and say "I smell meat"! Her favorite was meatloaf. Her parents were practical and not demanding their daughter follow their dietary preference. Even at their home if Sophia wanted a real hamburger or chicken they made sure it was included in their shopping.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 6:31 pm
Bad call--no matter her view+concerns well her baby should've been treated. The children always come 1st regardless.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
Noted. Seems like the mom has some mental health issues here. Just gotta say that as a former La Leche Leader, if she were serious, in my opinion, she would've been feeding the baby breastmilk.

Vicky P (476)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 9:08 pm
oh wow..

Katie & Bill D (107)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 9:13 pm
Thank You Carrie

Terry King (113)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 9:30 pm
I sincerely hope they prosecute her.

Walter F (129)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 10:57 pm
Thanks Carrie.I don't eat meat.However my wife and daughter do .I don't impose my views or dietary habits on others.I think the mother went overboard with her beliefs.

Roseann d (178)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 11:09 pm
Being vegan, I guess that means breastfeeding is out...because soy-based GMO formula with metal nanotoxins is so much healthier. Sounds like baby was ill from inadequate nutrition. And she's sadly mistaken if she thinks Whole Foods sells only organic and no GMOs. Not!

B Lewenza (76)
Friday June 27, 2014, 3:45 am
Noted I understand that she is vegan but what comes first her beliefs or her baby's health? If indeed she didn't approve of the Dr.'s advice then why wouldn't she go to another Dr. like she told the police that she would. I guess the question here is was she intentionally trying to harm her baby by ignoring the Dr.'s advice or was it truly her beliefs? Why wouldn't she breast feed if she was so worried about animal content?

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday June 27, 2014, 5:38 am
One can get into real trouble with food preferences with children. Often a compromise is necessary.

Laura R (15)
Friday June 27, 2014, 5:45 am
I guess you could call that "religious extremism", veganity being religion here...
This mother seems to put the lives of animals who might have died for these medicines above that of her own baby. Or maybe she just wasn't aware of how serious the condition was.

Carrie B, thanks, all parents should be like those in your story!

Rekha S (0)
Friday June 27, 2014, 7:48 am
Shows Veganism in a bad light. Not everyone is like this. I actually admire this lady for caring so much but I'm a strict vegan myself & I understand the things I should & shouldn't worry about. For example I would never give my kid animal products myself or knowingly consume them but you can't control what they really do at a hospital directly so, yeah you can't not take ur kid to hosp. You don't need to worry about that cos it's not ur fault & ur not the one hurting animals.

Nancy M (169)
Friday June 27, 2014, 8:29 am
I know that not every vegan is like that. But gosh- not breastfeeding? The most natural of all things for a 12 day old infant.


Winnie A (179)
Friday June 27, 2014, 8:35 am
This Mom needs help so the child is not harmed by her.

Lona G (80)
Friday June 27, 2014, 11:27 am
This really comes as no surprise. Here on Care 2 there is an abundance of vegan articles that are little more than propaganda and are so intent on proselytizing that they, to say it nicely, stretch the truth a bit. And quite a lot of vegans take it all in without question and without doing research.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with a vegan lifestyle if you make sure that you get all your nutrition from your food, but also accept that you have to supplement to make sure you get enough B12 and its precursors, which you do not get from plants. And it's also of vital importance, as this article also shows, to recognise that it is not healthy for children, let alone infants (especially if you can't breastfeed for some reason) unless you know exactly what you need to do.
This young mother was clearly in a fragile mental state, perhaps due to giving birth, or perhaps even before, and this combined with a zealous vegan ideology led to a dangerous situation for her baby. Unless the mother is able to accept that she went overboard in her vegan striving for her baby and lets herself be educated on a healthier version, the child may be better off out of her care, however tragic this is for both of them.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday June 27, 2014, 11:32 am
She's wrong but I hope the judge sends her for evaluation and counseling to see if there can be a safe mother and child reunion.

Mitchell D (87)
Friday June 27, 2014, 5:52 pm
Knowing nothing of the mother's prior mental health issues, if there were any, i wonder if this might be related to a post-partum depression in some way. The mother's perspective is way out of balance with the needs of her child.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 27, 2014, 10:26 pm
Noted, thanks!

Charlene Rush (79)
Friday June 27, 2014, 11:41 pm
When anyone, becomes extreme in their attitude concerning any area of their life, it raises a RED FLAG.
It's called _pay attention_.
It's also, an indication of a detachment of reality or possible MENTAL ILLNESS.
I constantly wonder about the people surrounding the people with these disorders. Do they not recognize this problems, or do they refuse to accept the possibility that someone in their family could possible have a problem.

rita uljee (1)
Saturday June 28, 2014, 1:28 am
this is taking it a bit to far for my liking she should have gone into hospital at least.

Anne P (174)
Sunday June 29, 2014, 8:05 am
Agree with Mitchell D. This poor woman has mental health issues. As an ethical vegan, I respect her beliefs, but I don't understand why she wasn't nursing her child. The article doesn't make that clear. Lots of unanswered questions here.

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