A mother has sued the New York City Housing Authority after her 7-year-old autistic son’s blood tested positive for triple the allowable lead level, court papers show.
Yanira Alameda says the diagnosis came while she and her son were living at public housing complex Jacob Riis houses on July 10, 2019, according to her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit from Monday.
Then on Aug. 2, 2019, the health department inspected her apartment and found “that lead-based paint hazards were present within the subject apartment,” issuing an order to abate the problem, the court papers say.
NYCHA “had actual notice that there was peeling paint within the subject apartment,” the suit charges.
NYCHA should have known about the risks of lead paint at the 911 FDR Drive apartment since it was built in 1960 — “a time prior to lead-based paint being banned for interior use,” the court documents claim.
In September, Alameda told The Post that her son, Jordan Morales, tested positive for three times the level of lead in his blood that is considered safe.
Alameda said inspectors found 10 lead hot spots in her unit, which she believes contributed to her son’s condition.
“I’ve seen a couple of recent changes in Jordan,” the 39-year-old mom and hotel receptionist told The Post at the time. “His appetite is gone, his attention span is mostly gone.”
Alameda said Jordan “has been having extreme tantrums.”
NYCHA did not immediately return a request for comment.
Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks
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