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Amarillo Pesticide Poisoning Kills 4 Children, Hospitalizes 5

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By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 09:28 AM

An accidental pesticide poisoning at a home in Amarillo, Texas is suspected in the deaths of four children and hospitalization of five other people.

First responders arrived at the home on Monday after a call of possible carbon monoxide poisoning, but instead found a deadly gas produced by a pest control chemical being exposed to water, Amarillo Fire Department Capt. Larry Davis told the Amarillo Globe-News.

"The initial call came from someone who showed up early (Monday) and saw everyone was sick," Davis told the Globe-News. "It is unknown if the call was from a friend or relative."

Amarillo fire and police investigators said they believe that resident Peter Balderas sprayed water on a rodenticide he had used to handle a pest problem, creating a chemical reaction that caused the lethal gas, said the Globe-News.

Four of Balderas' children — Yasmeen, 17; Josue, 11; Johnnie, 9; and Felipe, 7 — died Monday from inhaling the lethal gas. Four other were sickened along with the parents, Peter and wife Martha Balderas.

Martha Balderas, 45, remained in critical condition at the University Medical Center in Lubbock Tuesday, a hospital spokesman told KXAS-TV.

Amarillo police said a criminal investigation was opened because the pesticide involved, Weevil-cide, is only supposed to be sold to people with professional licenses or certification.

Peter Balderas told authorities that he received the pesticide from a friend and had spread it under the family's mobile home, said KXAS-TV.

Amarillo police spokesman Officer Jeb Hiltonsaid the department will turn over its investigation to the district attorney's office once it is completed.

The Globe-News said the Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have also started investigations.

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