Lead Residue Poisons Three Children In Tacoma Rental Home

TACOMA (AP) — Three young children whose family lived in a Tacoma rental home are suffering from lead poisoning.

Officials say a former resident ran a business in the home, melting lead scraps into weights.

The Pierce County Health Department has declared the house uninhabitable, and the state Ecology Department is urging neighbors to have their soil tested for contamination.

The parents of the three children, John and Heather Jones, have filed a lawsuit against the landlord because the 1, 3 and 6-year-olds may have brain damage. The parents were unaware of the contamination until a doctor took blood samples.

Heather Jones says her youngest child, who was only 2 weeks old when they moved in, is developmentally disabled.