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    Police investigating accidental poisoning that killed 4 youths

    DALLAS — An investigation is underway into an accidental poisoning involving a professional-grade pesticide that left four children dead and their mother in critical condition, police said Tuesday.

    Authorities are looking into why the family had pesticide pellets, called Weevil-cide, which are only meant to be used by people with professional licenses or certification. The product is used in rodent control in commercial transport of commodities and animal feed.

    The father told police he had spread the pellets under the family’s mobile home in Amarillo after getting them from a friend.

    Associated Press