Mother: Son has severe case of bedbug bites

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis mother spoke about her 1-year-old son on Monday after she found him with tiny bumps all over his body.

“I’m a concerned mother. I immediately took him to the emergency room as soon as I found out that he started getting all these type of conditions,” said Krishana Sparks.

Sparks said those bumps turned out to be a severe case of bedbug bites.

The mother said they came from her east side apartment, an issue she said she’s complained about a number of times.

24-Hour News 8 talked with several people living at the Keystone North Apartments. Some of them were too afraid to go on camera to talk about the problem, fearing they would be forced to move out. Sparks moved out on Sunday and wants the problems addressed before anyone else gets sick.

“I really can’t do anything, but start over from scratch. I have nothing,” Sparks said.

Inside her aunt’s apartment on the city’s far east side, Sparks held her son Kortez. Just 24 hours before, he wasn’t feeling well.

“I thought it was an allergic reaction,” Sparks said.

But it wasn’t. Sparks took Kortez to the emergency room where doctors treated him for a severe case of bedbug bites.

“They were bigger on his arm than anywhere else,” she said.

Pictures Sparks took in the hospital showed tiny bumps all over his face. After getting a diagnoses from doctors, Sparks said she immediately knew where they came from–her Keystone North apartment.

“First, I checked my bed and around my bed material I started noticing that there were small bugs there,” she said. “I checked my couch and they were all like underneath and through the crevices and everything.”

Sparks said she alerted the leasing office about the problem.

“I was in the office everyday and nobody still didn’t do anything,” she said.

24-Hour News 8 spoke with the property manager. She wouldn’t go on camera, but did confirm they are aware of the bedbug issues. She said they are doing everything they can to control the problem, including exterminations. The manager said residents also need to let them know if they are having any bedbug issues.

For Sparks, that’s a little too late.

“She didn’t try to move us into a new unit, she didn’t try to do any of that,” she said.

The Marion County Health Department said they are investigating the complaint.

They said bedbugs are not necessarily associated with filth, although filthy conditions make it harder to get rid of them.

The health department also said bedbugs travel well and can be found in luxurious hotels and those not so luxurious. They said if you think you have bedbugs, you should wash everything that you can in the hottest water possible and hottest dryer setting possible or the items must be thrown away, especially mattresses.

In Sparks’ case, she said she threw away everything.

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