Disturbing details in Palm City home fumigation

Child suffers severe brain damage

PALM CITY, Fla. - Disturbing details emerged Thursday morning from a joint state investigation into the fumigation of a Palm City home.

The full report from the Florida Department of Agriculture shows that Sunland Pest Control, the company sub-contracted by Terminix, tented the McCaughey home on August 14.

The 10-page report says the family was cleared by Sunland to return to their home on Sunday August 16th.

The only way to insure the deadly pesticides are gone is to test the home’s air using sophisticated equipment.
That equipment must be calibrated every 30 days.

The state said two gas meters crucial to ensuring a home is safe to re-enter were not in working order. The report doesn't say whether Sunland even tried to use those devices in the McCaughey home. But it does say they were in such poor condition they may actually have been dangerous to use.

On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health confirmed Peyton McCaughey, 10, who is now severely brain damaged, is suffering from exposure to pesticides.

The investigation also shows Sunland employees did not participate in training programs on how to properly use the pesticides.

A Terminix spokesperson said Thursday that the company is still reviewing the findings of the report.

Terminix said its thoughts and prayers are with the family, however company policy prevents it from commenting on pending litigation.

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