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Safety commission: Drywall not connected to Bragg baby deaths

Posted February 10, 2011

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— The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that there is no connection between the drywall in Fort Bragg's military housing and the unexplained deaths of 10 children under age 2 since the beginning of 2007.

The commission also found no water or air contamination problems and "no overt mold growth."

Levels of pesticides – permethrin and cypermethrin – were on the "upper end of normal," but not enough to be hazardous, officials said. More studies will be done on the pesticides.

In October, Fort Bragg officials said results from their own testing ruled out any environmental problems in their homes, including toxic drywall.

Eleven children, ages 8 months to 2 years, have died in military housing on post since 2007, including one house where two infants died within three months. Thursday's report only focused on 10 of the deaths.

Two children lived in the same house, but the other children lived in different neighborhoods and in homes of varying ages and construction styles, according to Army officials.

Fort Bragg has tested 10 homes connected to the deaths for carbon monoxide, mercury vapor, mold, lead, asbestos and toxins in the drywall.

All the tests were negative or were at levels well below the standard for human exposure set by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said Col. Stephen Sicinski, Fort Bragg's garrison commander. Those levels, however, are based upon adults, he said.

Officials do not suspect foul play in any of the deaths.

Army officials have said the rate of unexplained infant deaths is not necessarily anomalous for a community the size of Bragg, but that the two 2009 deaths so close together merited an investigation.

Fort Bragg is home to the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Forces. About 45,000 people live on the base, including about 6,200 families.

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  • edbuck51 Feb 14, 2011

    why we would buy anything from China still amazes me, they put poison in their own kids and grandkids baby food for a quick buck, do you actually think they care what they sell to us?

  • sdm1164 Feb 11, 2011

    Crazy for someone to think its bad parenting my daughter brought my two grandchildren down, not a first time mom, 5 and 6 months to see if we could get them tested tuesday to Fl Doctor six hr drive. Has had no signs of sickness but breathing as his breath wasn't coming out. Doctored ruled out all illness and the fact that no one in the family has a history of Asthma, Doctor wanted him to placed on Nebulizer she had already made an appt. at the Army post for the 18th. she return to Linden Oaks Wednesday where she lives, Thursday last night called saying the baby is really sick, at 5am this morning she called to say she was going to the ER with him he can't breath and has a high fever, please pray for us, and don't judge other people unless you have been there.

  • jamesshivers Feb 10, 2011

    Of course the US Govt does not want to paint China as a killer of American's. It would disrupt their profitability machine,run afoul the negotiations to further poison Americans and maybe even turn America into Egypt central. Liar, Thief, Cheat, is the new dictionary meaning for Politician.

  • corey3rd Feb 10, 2011

    This is the same military that lied about how Pat Tillman died. You think they want to admit that their going cheap killed these children?

  • In the Clover Feb 10, 2011

    "Levels of pesticides – permethrin and cypermethrin – were on the "upper end of normal," but not enough to be hazardous, officials said. More studies will be done on the pesticides."

    All pesticides are designed to kill something. Just because the average person doesn't drop dead immediately when exposed to a pesticide doesn't mean that it is safe. Every person is different genetically and therefore it can be assumed that people have different levels of resistance to minor toxic insults. Small children are even more susceptible because they have body weights much lower than adults. With the variety of toxic substances in the air and water, we are all having to play a game of genetic roulette.

  • RB-1 Feb 10, 2011

    Hater - "I like how no one is considering the fact that it could be ingorance or poor parenting, not environmental factors that caused these babies to get sick and die."

    For ELEVEN children? That's highly unlikely.

    There has to be something there. Waiting for the report from the parent's investigator.

    Don't trust the one by the government, they hid the water problem at Lejeune for decades.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Feb 10, 2011

    I like how no one is considering the fact that it could be ingorance or poor parenting, not environmental factors that caused these babies to get sick and die. Not to mention the fact that most of them were first time parents, they were all young.

  • snowl Feb 10, 2011

    I don't agree.. that it's the water. And most parents should know to boil the water before adding it to dry baby formula.

  • alwaysconcernedmom Feb 10, 2011

    I agree..it is probably the water.

    I would get an "independent" non government paid for inspection done.

  • NavySrChiefswife Feb 10, 2011

    The commission also found no water or air contamination problems and "no overt mold growth."

    From what this says, the water showed no contamination. This testing was done by the U.S. Product Safety Commission.

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