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Woman sues Jefferson City Housing Authority after health issues

A Jefferson City woman filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson City Housing Authority after her son became ill. (File)

A Jefferson City woman filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson City Housing Authority after her son became ill.

According to court records, in November 2013, Jacqueline Stewart and her family, including her one year old son, moved into a Jefferson City Housing Authority apartment on Elizabeth Street.

Stewart said she was living in the low- income housing apartment because she couldn’t afford to live anywhere else.

According to the lawsuit, when Stewart and her family moved in, her toddler son didn’t have any pulmonary issues. But, within weeks of living in the apartment, he developed severe pulmonary issues and had to start breathing treatments.

Stewart said she noticed black mold and other mold/fungus growing in the apartment, and tried to get rid of it with bleach. Stewart claimed she reported the mold/fungus multiple times to the housing authority and said it was making her son sick.

She obtained a letter from her son’s doctor, in which he strongly recommended Stewart be offered a new living space with better indoor air quality.

The lawsuit claimed Stewart wasn’t moved for years, and also that the housing authority was aware of the problems but did nothing to remedy the situation.

The lawsuit claimed the boy in the future will “suffer an impaired and diminished capacity for work, labor and recreation”.

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