After recent reports that pesticides are present in children’s urine and saliva, Humboldt County, CA sheriffs have arrested Gina and Louis Mays for feeding their children commercially grown food. This is the first such case in the country that accuses parents of neglect and abuse for not feeding their children organically grown food. The Mays are facing a stiff fine, and their two young children may be removed from the home.
Humboldt County Child Protective Services Director Tina Moore stated, “Any aspect of a child’s life that threatens their well being and health is a concern of our agency. We will not sit by docilely as parents poison their children.” Ironically, the accused parents have an organically grown medical marijuana garden, but they had not considered the effects of pesticides on their own children’s health. Accused mother Gina Mays said, “We thought that if we bought our children food at the grocery store it would be safe. We had no idea how dangerous commercially grown produce was to our little ones.”
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