Flint Mother Gives Emotional Testimony of How Water Crisis Affected Her Children's Health

Leanne Walters said one of her sons hasn't grown in a year due to lead exposure.

"They could not figure out where his pains were coming from," Walters recalled, adding that he suffered from dizziness, headaches and rashes.

Walters said her older son's rashes were so bad that when he would take a bath, "He would scream and cry about how bad his skin burned."

"Yes, it keeps me up at night. Yes, it makes me emotional," she said. "These are my kids. These are everybody's kids."

Walters claimed that at a meeting with state health officials last year, several people, including herself, presented bottles of discolored water and vials of hair they'd lost from drinking the contaminated water, but she was accused of bringing water that did not come from her home.

"As I was showing them my water, I was told I was a liar and I was stupid by showing these bottles of water," she said.

Those water samples were thrown out of the second round of testing by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Mike Glasgow, Laboratory and Water Quality Supervisor said. He said he was instructed to throw those samples out because there was an "in-home filter" in Walters' home, but added he had been informed the filter was disconnected.

At today's hearing, local officials blamed the state government for the water crisis, saying they were guilty for ever trusting the state.

Hanna-Attish said that while there is no "lead pill" to take away the effects of exposure, good nutrition is the best way to prevent serious health issues from appearing, adding that the body absorbs lead more readily with poor nutrition.

"Our kids will be okay," she said.

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