Boy Burned by Spray Sanitizer Made at 7-Eleven, Sold Without Warning Label
The owner of a 7-Eleven in River Vale was charged with Endangering The Welfare Of A Child and Deceptive Business Practices over the sale of store-made sanitizer spray that burned a 10-year-old boy’s arms and legs.
River Vale police discovered the situation from a social media post showing burns on the boy’s arms and legs. They found the boy, Dylan Gehm, had a reaction to the sanitizer, which was made by the store owner and put on sale, despite having no warning label or list of ingredients. The bottles of sanitizer spray had generic labels from a beauty supply store.
Dylan Gehm told a local news reporter he and his friends bought the spray hoping it would protect them from the coronavirus. Gehm said he and his friends started feeling itchy in the first 10 minutes after applying the spray. His mother had to take him to the emergency room twice in just 36 hours as nurses tried to relieve his pain.
In an interview with CBS New York, Lynch Law Firm, PC Partner James Lynch commented:
“It does violate the law in that you cannot sell an unsafe, unlabeled, untested product,”
Mr. Lynch is the attorney for the boy’s mother, Lauren Gehm.
To watch the full CBS report, please visit: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/03/10/7-eleven-spray-sanitizer-warning/
The authorities who investigated the situation do not believe the 7-Eleven owner, Manisha Bharade, had ill intent. They believe she was trying to capitalize on the shortage of sanitizer because of the coronavirus outbreak. Investigators found Bharade mixed foaming sanitizer with water and sold the bottles. Police confiscated any remaining bottles of the store-made spray and the ingredients used to make the spray.
Three other children had mild reactions to the spray and did not require hospitalization, while three other families turned in the bottles they bought, a dozen more are still unaccounted for.
If you bought a bottle of this spray, the police department is asking you to contact the police: 201-664-1111.