In an unfortunate and unforeseen incident, the toxic pesticide meant to kill mice, led to the death of four young children.
According to sources, the children, ranging in age between seven and seventeen, died of accidental pesticide poisoning. Six other people were hospitalised, while their mum is on life-support.
The toxic pesticide which claimed the life of the four siblings was accidentally released into their Northeast Amarillo home by their father, Peter Balderas. He had placed them under the family’s home as a measure against mice. However, after neighbours complained about the smell of the pesticide, Balderas used a hose to wash out the pellets which reacted with the water, creating phosphine gas. This toxic gas killed Felipe Balderas, seven; Johnnie Balderas, nine; Josue Balderas, 11 and Yasmeen Balderas, 17.
While the claim is still that the pesticide poisoning was an accident, considering it killed four young children, the police are investigating the incident. As per sources, the pesticide used by the father is professional-grade and has a restricted availability.
Continue reading to know how to avert pesticide poisoning and keep children safe from other household chemicals.