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Fumigators sentenced to prison for Florida boy's pesticide poisoning

Sunland Pest Control employees applied restricted pesticide at 9-year-old's home

Peyton McCaughey, 9, suffered brain damage from an illegal pesticide that was used at his Florida home.
Peyton McCaughey, 9, suffered brain damage from an illegal pesticide that was used at his Florida home.

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Two men who illegally applied a restricted pesticide at a Florida home that seriously injured a 9-year-old boy have been sentenced to a year in prison.

Grenale Williams, 53, of South Bay, and Canarie Deon Curry, 40, of Riviera Beach, were sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to charges in U.S. District Court.

Federal pesticide investigators found that both men used a restricted pesticide called sulfuryl fluoride to fight termites at the Palm City home of Peyton McCaughey in August 2015.

McCaughey's family hired Terminex to fumigate the home, but Terminex, without warning or approval, subcontracted the job to Sunland Pest Control.

Williams and Curry, who worked for Sunland, posted a sign saying that it was safe for McCaughey's family to return, but the family fell ill from pesticide poisoning. McCaughey suffered brain damage.

Sunland was also placed on five years of probation for misrepresenting the kind of chemical it was using.


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