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Limbless boy's mom testifies on pesticides

RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A former farm worker says she was sprayed with pesticide frequently on a North Carolina tomato farm while she was pregnant with a child born with no limbs.

Francisca Herrera was a witness Wednesday at a hearing before the North Carolina Pesticide Board, the Raleigh News & Sentinel reported. The state began investigating Ag-Mart, the operator of the farm, after three women who had worked there delivered children born with severe birth defects within six weeks.

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Herrera said she was often ordered to resume work immediately after spraying, when wet pesticide was still visible on plants.

"The boss would always be scolding us and telling us that we came to this country to work, not to rest," she said.

Herrera and her husband, Abraham Candelario, both worked on the farm while she was pregnant with Carlos. The boy, now 4 and nicknamed Carlitos, was at the hearing in a stroller.

The couple received money from Ag-Mart for Carlitos, although the company did not admit any wrongdoing. A lawyer said Ag-Mart plans to call a woman who gave birth to a baby with a deformed jaw who will testify that she was not exposed to pesticide.

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