Utah Family Claims Pesticide Took Two Daughters’ Lives

Utah Family Claims Pesticide Took Two Daughters' LivesThe family of two girls who died soon after a visit to their home by an exterminator has filed a toxic substances lawsuit against the company and the employee who applied the pesticide, which allegedly caused the two deaths.

Brenda and Nathan Toone hold Bugman Pest and Lawn and its employee Coleman Nocks responsible for the deaths of their 4-year-old and 15-month-old daughters, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Their toxic substances lawsuit claims that Nocks was an employee of Bugman when he came to the Toone home to spray Fumitoxin in an attempt to exterminate field mice. Soon after the spraying, most of the family became sick, and two daughters died within four days when their hearts shut down, the suit says. Nocks allegedly violated federal and state law by failing to inform the Toone family that he was going to be using Fumitoxin.

A separate criminal case names Bugman's owner and Nocks as defendants. In that case, prosecutors allege that Nocks applied too much pesticide too close to the Toones' and several other clients' homes. 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fumitoxin is an aluminum phosphide pesticide. It is rated as super toxic by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.