Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Indiana families living in toxic homes due to enforcement breakdown

From NBC News 13:

A 4-month Eyewitness News investigation finds thousands of Indiana drug houses have not been quarantined and cleaned – as required by law – because local health departments and state agencies are failing to enforce regulations meant to keep Hoosiers safe. As a result, unsuspecting families across Indiana are now living in toxic homes that are supposed to be sitting empty.

Jenny and James Boggs learned about the state's broken enforcement system firsthand, after they purchased a home in Jennings County.

"We always wanted to own our own place, and that's why we jumped on it," said Jenny, who moved into the 3-bedroom trailer near North Vernon in 2011.

"It had a nice yard and plenty of room for the kids," explained her husband, James. "It looked OK to us. We didn't see anything wrong with it."

But soon after the couple moved in with their five young children, Jenny began getting terrible headaches. James and the kids developed serious breathing problems – sometimes requiring extended treatment at Columbus Regional Hospital. They also developed rashes and skin problems.

"Me and the kids were getting sick all the time," James said. "I had no breathing problems until we moved into that trailer."

The Boggs family had no idea their new home had recently been used to manufacture methamphetamine.

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