Suit blames New Haven Health Department for child’s lead poisoning

It charges that for the past nine years it has “failed to ensure proper lead poisoning prevention and control, as required by state and city law.”

News Story (Connecticut)

Mary O’Leary
New Haven Register
October 31, 2017

Tags: Lead Poisoning

Organizations mentioned/involved: New Haven Legal Assistance Association (CT)


Jacob, now 5 years old, has resided since birth with his parents, Walter Guaman and Gloria Montero, and two brothers in the second floor apartment at 1323 Whalley Ave., where the suit charges he was “poisoned by toxic levels of lead.”

Jacob’s pediatrician first notified the Health Department in May 2015 of the “imminent serious risk to Jacob’s neurological health from lead paint poisoning,” the suit states.

His lead levels at age 2 were 36 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dl.) By comparison, guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control say blood levels over 5 ug/dl are “associated with adverse, life-long health effects in children under six years of age.”