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Court Order Requires New Haven Health Dept. To Notify Parents, Doctors Of Lead Poisoned Children

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Parents and pediatricians of lead poisoned children will be publicly notified of lead levels by New Haven’s Health Department under a new order from a Connecticut Superior Court Judge.

Judge Claudia Baio has approved a class action lawsuit settlement for nearly 300 lead poisoned children and any children who the city failed to protect from lead.

It’s the latest step towards resolution after a two-year battle between the city and New Haven Legal Assistance Association over how the city handles lead exposure among kids.

The judge also set a hearing date in a month to go over detailed protocols to help lead-poisoned children.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has reported 14,000 cases of lead-poisoned children under the age of 6 since 2012.