Misuse of pesticides suspected of dying two children

Berlin-German prosecutors said Thursday that misuse of pesticides could have killed two infants whose bodies were found at home near Frankfurt this week.

The first responders who arrived at Karlstein’s town house early on Monday were unable to revive a 5-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother. Testing in the building has shown the presence of the highly toxic chemical phosphine.

The child’s 49-year-old father told investigators that he used pesticides at home. Authorities have stated that this may have triggered a chemical reaction that produces phosphine, but the exact cause of child death has not yet been identified.

The prosecution said the father was being investigated for two counts of causes of death due to negligence.

Associated Press