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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.

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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

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