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State, federal officials investigating rashes connection to water

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Sincere "Sunny" Smith was featured on TIME magazine as the face of Flint's water crisis. His mom says his eczema has been aggravated by Flint's water. Photo: WNEM.com Sincere "Sunny" Smith was featured on TIME magazine as the face of Flint's water crisis. His mom says his eczema has been aggravated by Flint's water. Photo: WNEM.com
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

"My son’s rashes started on his face and down his body," said Ariana Hawk.

Since the water crisis began, some people in Flint said they have been dealing with rashes all over their body.

Hawk's son Sincere, who was recently featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, has been dealing with rashes since 2014. And his mom thinks it's directly related to the water.

“He can’t even bath or use the water at all. My family is limited to what we can do,” Hawk said.

Now the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is working with federal officials to investigate any connection between Flint water and skin conditions.

It’s a move that many said should have happened a long time ago.

“We have to keep an eye out, this should have never happened in the first place,” Hawk said.

Hawk’s family is moving from their house in Flint to the Swartz Creek.

“This environment is not safe for my kids at all. We need to get out,” Hawk said.

Hawk said her son is not the only person dealing with the issue and she's hopeful action will be taken soon.

“I think everyone needs to be mindful of what's going on and go get checked,” Hawk said.

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