Woman in bug spray incident in ICU

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 7:12 AM
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ANDERSON, S.C. - Authorities say the mother of a 10-month-old South Carolina boy likely killed by a fogging bug spray has been placed in intensive care after visiting her other son in the hospital.

Anderson County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Reeves says Elizabeth Whitfield was placed on a respirator late Tuesday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Authorities were called to Whitfield's home Sunday after she reported her youngest son was having breathing troubles. Jacob Whitfield died at a hospital, and 2-year-old Kenneth Whitfield has also been hospitalized.

Authorities say Elizabeth Whitfield had been using foggers to treat an insect problem and was coated in chemicals. She was released Sunday but was readmitted on Monday.

Toxicology results on Jacob Whitfield will take several weeks to complete.

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SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/04/09 - 08:20 am
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I'm not going to type it "out

I'm not going to type it "out loud".....but y'all can guess what outcome I'm wishing for that "mother".

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 11/04/09 - 08:23 am
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SayNoMore, please.

SayNoMore, please.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/04/09 - 08:58 am
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They could put some of those

They could put some of those insecticides in her IV bag.

2 B JUST ME
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2 B JUST ME 11/04/09 - 09:05 am
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Some people are just plain

Some people are just plain Dumbasses. I have uses those in my garage for preventive reasons but always made sure no one was home and cleaned up afterwards.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/04/09 - 09:27 am
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I hope that KSL and all of

I hope that KSL and all of you mean hearted folk that spoke so nasty of this Mother, have heavy hearts. I guess not because a few more idiots are commenting this morning. The Chronicle need to prevent comments on this story until cooler heads can prevail.

cannhuff
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cannhuff 11/04/09 - 10:06 am
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Let us not be in such a hurry

Let us not be in such a hurry to blame this mom. We don't know how old she is and what exactly happened. Maybe she was cleaning and the kids was just playing around. If she is a young mother maybe she just didn't know any better and didn't know how the bomb works. I am 33 and I don't know how they work. Just don't be so quick to judge. As usual the chronicle doesnt' give a whole lot of details.

smec29
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smec29 11/04/09 - 10:21 am
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I hope all you Bleeding

I hope all you Bleeding hearts come out next time there is a DUI with kids in the car. I may not understand "how" a car works but I know what happens when the two are mixed!

Mike_Futrell
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Mike_Futrell 11/04/09 - 11:00 am
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Straight from the label of an

Straight from the label of an indoor fogger "Leave treatment area at once and keep area closed for 4 hours before airing out"... if she can't read and comprehend those directions then I have to wonder how competent a mother she is.

jlhs32
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jlhs32 11/04/09 - 11:28 am
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Could she read?

Could she read?

corgimom
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corgimom 11/04/09 - 11:46 am
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She was 25. And cannhuff, if

She was 25. And cannhuff, if you don't know how they work, wouldn't you read and follow the instructions on the can?

KSL
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KSL 11/04/09 - 11:50 am
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Ispy, I'm thinking that 25

Ispy, I'm thinking that 25 year old mother needed a "cooler" head before she contaminated her home. All I said is that some people shouldn't have children. She obviously was too stupid to be a mother.

KSL
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KSL 11/04/09 - 11:52 am
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Cannhuff, the Chronicle gave

Cannhuff, the Chronicle gave the details yesterday.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 11/04/09 - 12:01 pm
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Lots of people are ignorant

Lots of people are ignorant to the dangers of common household products. Just like the guy that blew up his truck in Sam's parking lot while using canned air to clean dust out of his dash. (and lighting up)

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/04/09 - 12:12 pm
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Folks, I'm sorry for this

Folks, I'm sorry for this terrible and preventable tragedy. However, if a "parent" is not capable of following the bold warnings on products such as this (for whatever reason), they have no business being in charge of the welfare of children. I understand it's easier to get pregnant than it is to deal with the results. But, think about regular doses of medicines, healthy meals, all the "simple" things that most parents do automatically. This inability to understand what she was subjecting her offspring to suggests to me that the children would have been better served in an adoptive family.

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/04/09 - 12:17 pm
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canhuff - I think they all

canhuff - I think they all missed the irony/dark humor of your screen name. I recognized and appreciated it.

KSL
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KSL 11/04/09 - 12:35 pm
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I didn't miss it. But I did

I didn't miss it. But I did wonder why the double n's. I just wish she would have done a little research before chastising the paper.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/04/09 - 12:55 pm
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Some people just don't think

Some people just don't think about what they are doing and the effects it can have on children. There are plenty of indications that an insect fogger is poison that are easily identified even if a person can't read. This is a very sad case of parental incompetence. Still, I wonder how many educated and seemingly competent young mothers use solvent cleaners and products like ammonia or chlorox in the vicinity of their young children and infants. Those are extremely toxic to children yet are common household cleaners that many mothers don't give a second thought to using around their kids.

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disssman 11/04/09 - 12:56 pm
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She probably thought like

She probably thought like everyone else does, if the sale it in the food store it probably isn't that dangerous. Obviously, if she was placed in intensive care, she didn't intend to use it for harm. I really don't know what she was spraying and the paper hasn't really provided a brand name, but I believe that is irresponsible reporting if there is a product out there that could kill if used improperly. I remember as a kid, we didn't have the mouse print approved by lawyers on products that were deadly, we did have a skull and crossbones though that was placed conspiciously on the product.

corgimom
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corgimom 11/04/09 - 01:19 pm
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If you mix ammonia and Clorox

If you mix ammonia and Clorox you are likely to wind up dead, no matter who you are. And it tells you so on both bottles. I read labels. A lot of people don't.

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pommom38 11/04/09 - 01:23 pm
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As usual, for the second day

As usual, for the second day in a row, some are defending this woman to the death. If she was old enough to understand how to get pregnant and have two kids, she is old enough to understand how harmful those foggers are! As the article CLEARLY stated yesterday, she did this over and over again! If the first time didn't work, then she was dang well capable of knowing the issue was bigger than her and she should have left it to someone else to handle. Disman, it was insect fogger and she overabused the use of the stuff by constantly using it, chemicals just saturated that home. I understand people making mistakes, but this was ridiculous to have happened.

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asustudent75 11/04/09 - 01:58 pm
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She better be charged with

She better be charged with something in regard to her child's death and charges for her other child who is in the hospital as well....that's if she makes it out of ICU. I dont care if she could read or not, I mean just general knowledge/common sense should kick in when dealing with any type of chemical. Moron.

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Ben There 11/04/09 - 02:44 pm
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Jeez, what's with you people?

Jeez, what's with you people? Everything is black and white and cut and dried with you guys. Do you not have pity or compassion? Should you ever make a big mistake in judgement, I hope those around you would treat you as harshly and as unmerciful as you present yourselves here. You'd certainly deserve it!

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truthisstillhere 11/04/09 - 02:54 pm
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charge the landlord.....he

charge the landlord.....he should be ashamed for renting such a roach infested hovel to a woman with two young children.....the home was obviously a health code violation and should not have been rented.....stick it too him and ride him out on a rail....augusta chronicle needs to print his/her name so we all can know who this low-life is

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pommom38 11/04/09 - 03:32 pm
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Everyone can not blame the

Everyone can not blame the landlord either. If she was trying to kill the most resilient type, (german) then that would explain the overuse of the fogger's. One roach, and you can forget it if you don't jump on that asap. As said before, everyone is just assuming the place was over run right out the gate, neither article states one or the other.
If she can be so negligent to constantly fog, then she could have quite possibly brought the insect problem in with her belongings. Point still remains the same, her child is dead because of her actions. And Ben, if one of us was to be as stupid and negligent as this woman was, then we would dang well deserve anything coming our way..

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 11/04/09 - 04:18 pm
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I'm so sorry to read about

I'm so sorry to read about this. Hopefully the mother and surviving son will fully recover.

truthisstillhere
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truthisstillhere 11/04/09 - 04:26 pm
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the article yesterday stated

the article yesterday stated the place was infested and the bugs were running everywhere......if that doesn't say it right there then i don't know what would......if the landlord knew anything about his property he would have been aware, and he should have inspected before anyone moved in

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Roeschen 11/04/09 - 04:32 pm
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truthisstillthere - Why blame

truthisstillthere - Why blame the landlord? It is very possible the place was very clean when she rented it. Isn't it quite possible that the woman brought the insects in with her? Also, with all the rain lately, it is quite possible the bugs came in then. The problem is, she didn't read the labels on the foggers. The warnings and instructions are quite clear on the cans.

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soldout 11/04/09 - 05:32 pm
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The first time she used it

The first time she used it that should have been the end. When I use one it kills everything with nothing left alive.

geminibuddha
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geminibuddha 11/04/09 - 05:37 pm
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Save your breath, "Ben

Save your breath, "Ben There". This part of the country has a hard time comprehending "sodey pop"; much less compassionate, non-judgemental living. I hope this woman's lack of forethought provides a caution to all mothers with young children.

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mable8 11/04/09 - 08:55 pm
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Mike: "Straight from the

Mike: "Straight from the label of an indoor fogger "Leave treatment area at once and keep area closed for 4 hours before airing out"... if she can't read and comprehend those directions then I have to wonder how competent a mother she is." Many people are either illiterate or functionally literate; it does not make them incompetent individuals. If she cannot read, did you ever think that someone told her what the foggers are for, but did not provide the information about the dangers to humans and pets? There are landlord/tenant laws, but most folks don't even know they exist; and many cannot afford an attorney to help the enforce the law. Don't be so quick to blame someone in situations such as this...if anyone is to blame, it is the landlord who failed to provide a habitable dwelling (and they know they have broken the law, but who will enforce it?).

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