Jones Co. jury says DuPont not liable for child's death

A Jones County jury has rejected a couple's claim that dioxins from the DuPont's plant on the Mississippi Gulf Coast were responsible for the death of their daughter.

The jury verdict came Thursday in a lawsuit filed by Kerman and Naomi Ladner of DeLisle, whose 8-year-old daughter, Haley, died in July 2000 of liver cancer.

The child also had heart problems, and, according to lawsuit, the Ladners claimed both conditions were caused by dioxins released from DuPont's DeLisle plant.

The Ladners, who lived near the plant, had sought punitive damages of up to $30 million.

The DeLisle facility is the second-largest titanium dioxide maker in the U.S. Titanium dioxide is a white pigment used in paint, plastics, toothpaste and other products.

DuPont officials had said science did NOT support the Ladners' claims.

The Jones County jury found that DuPont negligently released dioxins and arsenic from the DeLisle facility but did not link the release to the death of the Ladners' daughter.