PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland couple is suing their landlord for $1.3 million after finding that the home they rented contained high levels of lead that poisoned their toddler.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Craig McIntosh and Naimah Shaheed filed the suit earlier this month on behalf of their daughter. The couple says the girl was tested months after they moved into the home in 2015 and found with more than twice the acceptable level of lead in her blood.
The suit names the entity that owns the property and the landlord as defendants, alleging they should’ve known about the unacceptable lead levels.
An investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined the lead came from an illegal auto-scrapping business that operated at the site until 2005.