Bug spray likely killed infant, injured 2 in SC

Nov 3, 2009, 14:14 PM by User Not Found
This is very sad we always tell our viewers to NOT DIY when it comes to pest control We do this because we want reduce injury and in some cases death

This is very sad, we always tell our viewers to NOT DIY when it comes to pest control. We do this because we want reduce injury and in some cases death. If you must do-it-yourself please read the directions carefully and take every safety precaution to keep you and your family safe. Our hearts go out to those injured in this story.

by Associated Press
2 hrs 11 mins ago 

Bug spray that produces a fog to kill insects is likely to blame for the death of a 10-month-old South Carolina boy, and his 2-year-old brother was critically injured by the fumes, authorities said Monday.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said the boys' mother had been using foggers in their single-wide mobile home in Williamston, in the northwest part of the state, because of an insect problem. Elizabeth Whitfield, 25, called 911 on Sunday afternoon to report her youngest son was having trouble breathing.

Paramedics took all three to a hospital, and Jacob Whitfield was pronounced dead. His brother, Kenneth, was flown to another hospital about 20 minutes north to Greenville, where he remained Monday on a respirator, but was starting to stabilize, McCown said.

Elizabeth Whitfield was coated in chemicals when she first arrived to the hospital and had to remove her clothes and take a shower. She was released Sunday, but was re-admitted to the ER on Monday with breathing problems, McCown said.

Investigators found seven fogger containers. She told authorities she set off three when she began renting a month ago, then continued using them when the insects wouldn't die.

"Most people put these foggers in - they do it one time a month or every couple of months. She was using two to three a week," McCown said. "She said she followed the directions, but you have to wonder. We can't attribute it to anything else."

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