FLINT (WJRT) - (2/8/16) Several Flint and state leaders have been named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a two-year-old girl in Flint. Her blood has tested high for lead levels.
This is the first individual suit against the city of Flint and the state of Michigan. Among those named are Governor Snyder, former DEQ director Dan Wyant, emergency managers Darnell Earley and Jerry Ambrose and former Flint mayor Dayne Walling.
Sophia Rodiguez-Waid has a lead level considered to be nearly three times what the EPA calls toxic. The lawsuit seeks to provide compensation that will protect Sophia from whatever complications arise from her exposure to lead.
"We do seek monetary compensation for Sophia and her family for all the anguish they've done through and of course, most importantly, Sophia's medical condition and future problems that may arise," said Adam Slater, an attorney.
The family believes Sophia's problems started in 2014. Her disposition began to change and they had her tested for lead exposure.
"She just seems to have high anxiety. She can never calm down and concentrate," said Luke Waid, Sophia's father.
The lawsuit has been filed in federal district court.
"It really is putting the parents between a rock and a hard spot. We have children we really care about and want the best for and it seem like city officials do not care," said Waid.
"That is betrayal, betrayal by the government officials of the people they're elected to serve," said Brian McKeen, the attorney who filed the suit.
No amount of compensation was specified in the lawsuit. There already been some class action lawsuits filed because of the water emergency.