Lawsuit: Moldy University Housing Sends Girl, 1, to Hospital
A graduate student filed suit against a university in California this week, claiming that toxic mold in a campus apartment caused his daughter to be hospitalized.
The lawsuit was filed by Matthew Richert and his wife, Lori George, against the University of California at Santa Cruz, alleging that their 1-year-old daughter, Libby, had to spend three days in the hospital in critical condition due to respiratory problems caused by mold in the university's family housing.
According to court documents, the apartment in the university's family housing building, which they moved into in 2011, contained toxic mold. Their daughter, who was diagnosed with asthma and allergic rhinitis shortly after the move, was later hospitalized in critical condition due to respiratory problems.
The university relocated the family to a hotel in 2012 after a test of their apartment revealed five different species of mold present in the unit.
According to a spokesperson for the university, repairs are currently underway in 60 of the 200 family housing apartments located on campus.
Richert and George are seeking $25,000 in damages.