Mother of three grateful for investigation into skin rashes - WNEM TV 5

Mother of three grateful for investigation into skin rashes

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Ariana Hawk is optimistic. 

"For them to have people in here doing this and trying to figure out what's going on here I was appreciative," Hawk said.

The expecting mother of three goes through her daily routine of rubbing steroid cream over these mysterious rashes that are all over her 3-year-old son, Sincere Smith's body.

Although she doesn't have absolute proof that lead-laced water caused the problem, Hawk is convinced there is a parallel.  

That's why she is encouraged by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services official investigation into this outbreak of skin irritation that has spread throughout the Vehicle City.

"When I see it, I go through the phrase to figure out, what can be causing it and you know, am I doing everything as a parent?” Hawk said. “As a parent I could be possibly doing to prevent whatever it is?"

The drying effect of the water this is causing a great concern for the residents of Flint.

County Commissioner Bryant Nolden wants more studies done on the outbreak of rashes and he said having investigators here to assess the damage is the right thing to do.

“The baby wipes and also Vaseline, shay butter and other lotions to help with the rashes,” Nolden said.

The ongoing mysteries worry Hawk for the safety of her family.

"Every time I think about it, I get ready to cry because it like, dang I’ve been drinking this water for so long,” Hawk said. “I don't know the risk because of my baby and doctors can only tell you but so much. Scary, it's scary.”

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