A Florida mother and her 5-month-old son were reunited Wednesday after a judge threw out accusations that Sarah Markham was an unfit mother for feeding her baby soy formula.
Markham lost custody of her son Caleb when he was just 12 days old after refusing her doctor’s orders to take the baby to the hospital for being underweight, according to a report by Florida TV station WFTV.
Caleb had reportedly lost 10 percent of his birth weight.
But before going to the hospital Markham, who is a vegan, wanted to try supplementing her breast milk with a soy formula, the station reported.
The doctor reported Markham to Seminole County Child Protective Services who had the young mother arrested for child neglect and took away custody of her little boy.
Since that time, Caleb has been raised by his grandparents.
“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,” grandfather Bo Markham told WFTV.
On Wednesday, a judge seemed to agree and returned custody of Caleb to his mother provided she meet with a nutritionist, WFTV reported.
“I’m just so excited and ecstatic about getting him back,” Sarah Markham told the station. “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.”
Caleb now weighs 17 pounds despite never being removed from the soy formula diet.
“He likes it, he’s doing well, he’s growing healthy and I can’t ask for anything more,” Sarah Markham said.
The child neglect charges against Markham were also expected to be dropped.
WFTV and CNN contributed to this story.