UPDATE | Wadley woman ID'd after dying from insecticide exposure

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Deputies are investigating the death of a Wadley woman who inhaled insecticide.

Deputies were called Farm Street where someone told 911 that 58-year-old Rosa B. Gilmore-Green was weak an unable to move just before 8 p.m. The Jefferson County Coroner says shed died just before 1 this morning.

Gilmore-Green's 12-year-old grandson lives with her and was admitted into GRU Medical Center Thursday morning, Robert Chalker of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said. His condition is unknown at this time.

Gilmore-Green's two grandaughters were also sent to GRU this morning, were examined and released, Chalker said. They were not at Gilmore-Green's residence when she was exposed to the poisonous gas, but at another residence where she was transported before going to Jefferson ER.

The initial incident happened on North Martin Luther King Blvd and she was picked up by EMS from Farm Street.

An investigation showed a family member distributed an agriculture insecticide in her residence earlier in the day, Jim Anderson with Jefferson County Emergency Services said.

The chemical was identified as Aluminum phosphide (Fumitoxin), Anderson said.

"Aluminum phosphide (AlP) is a cheap, effective and commonly used pesticide. However, unfortunately, it is now one of the most common causes of poisoning among agricultural pesticides," according to the US National Library of Medicine.

A haz-mat team was called out to decontaminate everyone who was exposed to the woman and the juveniles, including the emergency room and first responders. The emergency room was reopened overnight. No other part of the hospital was exposed to chemical residue.

An autopsy will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta, Ga. to determine the cause of death.


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