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Baltimore Women Awarded $3.8M In Lead Paint Case

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A jury has awarded more than $3.8 million to two Baltimore women who suffered permanent brain damage after being exposed to lead paint as babies.

The Baltimore City Circuit Court jury reached that verdict after two hours of deliberations Friday and following a week-long trial.

The Daily Record reports that Tajah and Tynae Jeffers suffered lead-paint poisoning while living in West Baltimore between 1994 and 1998. It's unclear how the two women are related. Tajah Jeffers is 22 years old, and Tynae Jeffers is 18.

Their attorney says elevated levels of lead were found in their blood in multiple tests, causing both of them to function years below their academic levels. The U.S. Centers of Disease Control says there is no safe level of lead exposure for children.

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