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Mold Growing in Moorhead Apartment, Family Sick

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Mold growing in a Moorhead apartment building is causing trouble for a mother and her kids.

The woman living in the apartment called Valley News Live when she wasn't getting a response from her landlord on the safety of her home.

She told reporter Hope Hanselman that the mold is taking a toll on her family's health.

Paulita Ruiz moved into this community properties apartment a year ago. Months later, she found out her four kids weren't the only ones growing in her home.

"It just keeps coming back, I would clean it and it would keep coming back up," Ruiz said of the mold growing in her daughters' bedroom. "That's when I called the landlord and I asked him to come and clean it out for my kids, because my kids are always getting sick."

Ruiz says her property manager sent a maintenance worker to take care of the issue, and that meant painting over it.

A month later, the mold reappeared.

"My kids are always coughing and always runny noses and always in the doctor's, getting antibiotics for it," Ruiz said.

But this mold has really affected the whole family, Ruiz's daughter has already developed asthma, making it hard for her just to be a kid.

"Sometimes I can't breathe when I'm running too much," she said.

Ruiz called Clay County Public Health nurses out to take a look.

She documented the damage for her landlord, but says she can't get anyone to budge.

"They just look at me like I'm crazy, actually, that's how I feel anyway."

Now, Ruiz's lease is nearing an end; and as the mold continues to move in, this family is on its way out.

A representative of Community Properties spoke with Valley News Live this afternoon, saying he couldn't meet for an interview today. But, he said he would send a written statement this afternoon.

Valley News Live has yet to receive that statement. He did say on the phone, the mold could be caused by Ruiz's furniture up against the walls.

Ruiz says she has also found mold growing in her living room.

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