Lead poisoning lawsuit highlights Cleveland family’s plight to find safe, affordable housing

The Legal Aid Society sued Cleveland on her behalf last week, in hopes the court will force city officials to follow state lead laws designed to protect children exposed to the brain damaging toxin, often in their homes.

Feature (Ohio)

Rachel Dissell, Brie Zeltner
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
May 29, 2017

Tags: Lead Poisoning

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland


The toddler and her parents aren’t named in the lawsuit. The Plain Dealer agreed to identify the toddler only using her family nickname, ‘Mama (pronounced ma-mah) to protect her privacy.

As ‘Mama’s mother considered those “what ifs,” a pained look washed over her face and she closed her eyes and pressed her lips together.

“I just want a safe, happy, healthy baby, the way she was when I had her,” she said.