Father’s attempt to kill pests leaves 3-year-old battling for her life

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A 3-year-old girl was admitted to the ICU on Oct. 24 after ingesting rat poison. The child is still fighting for her life, the poisoning being an inadvertent result of a treatment her father laid out to combat bed bugs.

According to reports, a man, his wife and their daughter were all admitted to the Jacobi Medical Center with similar symptoms on Oct. 22, shortly after the poison was laid out by the man. He said he thought the poison would work to combat a bed bug infestation in their home.

The family was released, but the father rushed his little girl back to the hospital two days later after her health deteriorated. She is still in ICU at that hospital, according to police sources. Doctors determined she may have eaten some of the rat poison.

According to the EPA, approximately 10,000 children a year are accidentally exposed to mice and rat bait.

The Safe Rodent Control website says that young children are at high risk of unintentional poisoning through ingestion. Specifically pointing to children under age six as susceptible, it says a child’s curious nature and propensity to investigate by putting items in their mouths makes exposure to rodenticides a very “real danger.”

They say all baits pose a high risk of poisoning for children, especially considering some baits look like candy and because baits are typically placed on the floor, where children can easily access them.

The EPA requires rodenticide products for consumer use to be contained in protective, tamper-resistant bait stations. It also prohibits the sale of pellets and other bait forms that cannot be secured in bait stations.

Safe Rodent Control says the best way to prevent an accidental rodenticide poisoning is to avoid the product altogether.

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