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Middletown little league criticized after kids play on pesticide-sprayed field

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The park at Crystal Lake was sprayed with pesticides just hours before Middletown little leaguers began their game against Durham. (WFSB) The park at Crystal Lake was sprayed with pesticides just hours before Middletown little leaguers began their game against Durham. (WFSB)
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WFSB) -

Parents expressed outrage Thursday after Middletown little leaguers played on a pesticide-ridden field.

Tina Hurlbert was startled to see pesticide warnings all over the field that her daughter was playing on at Crystal Lake.

Channel 3's Matthew Campbell spoke to Hurlbert about the incident.

"These chemicals are designed to kill and they don't discriminate," said Hurlbert.

Her 11 year-old daughter was competing in a game against Durham when she noticed a circular sign with a line through an adult and a dog.

It turned out pesticides had been applied only hours earlier.

Hulbert said that when she alerted the coaches, the game was not stopped.

"I was disappointed that I was the only parent who left the field," said Hurlbert.

The town's little league admitted that they were unaware of the pesticide treatment schedule and as a result, they never scheduled their games around it.

Middletown little league president Andrew Prestash said they will find out what is in the pesticides and when they are applied.

The incident is expected to be a big topic at Sunday's general meeting.

"I think we all own a little bit of this. Parents, coaches, we're all responsible for these kids. For their health, well-being, for their safety," said Hulbert.

Although there is a law prohibiting pesticides from being applied to parks at schools, there was no law broken because Crystal Lake's park is run by the town.

Most of the town's little league games are scheduled at school fields.

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