>>>A DREAM VACATION IN THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE FOR ONE DELAWARE FAMILY. APPARENTLY OVER TIME, THE FAMILY WAS FOUND IN THEIR VILLA ON ST. JOHN ISLAND AND THE FATHER WAS IN A COMA AND THE TWO BOYS AND THE MOM WERE SUFFERING FROM SEVERE SEIZURES. OFFICIALS SAY A PESTICIDE AT THEIR RENTED LUXURY VILLA MAY BE TO BLAME AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS NOW LAUNCHING A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. SARAH GANNAM JOINS ME WITH MORE FROM NEW YORK. HOW IS THE FAMILY DOING? HOW LONG HAD IT BEEN BEFORE ANYONE NOTICED THEY HADN’T SEEN THE FAMILY TO FIND HEM IN A COMA OR SEIZURES?>>I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH A FAMILY ATTORNEY AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU, UNFORTUNATELY, THE PARENTS ARE DOING A LITTLE BIT BETTER BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE BOYS ARE STILL IN PRETTY BAD SHAPE. THE ATTORNEY TOLD ME THEY WERE “IN ROUGH SHAPE” AND I WANT TO RUN THROUGH THIS FOR YOU. THE PARENTS TERESA DEVINE AND STEVE ESMOND ARE DOING BETTER BUT THEIR TEENAGE SON SEAN WHO IS 16 YEARS OLD AND THEIR SON RYAN, WHO IS JUST 1 YEARS OLD STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT A CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. THE FAMILY WAS AIR LIFTED BACK TO MAINLAND UNITED STATES AFTER FALLING ILL AFTER A FUMIGATION OF THE VILLA BENEATH THE ONE WHERE THEY WERE STAYING ON ST. JOHN. THIS WAS SCARY, FRED, THE OLDER BOY HAD BLOOD IN HIS LUNGS, HIS HEART WAS FAILING. ONE OF THE BOYS HAS BRAIN DAMAGE RIGHT NOW. THE FATHER HE’S NOW AWAKE, BUT HE CAN’T TALK, AND THE MOTHER HAS BEEN RELEASED TO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY BECAUSE SHE HAD A LESSER DEGREE OF EXPOSURE, THE ATTORNEY TOLD ME, BUT HE ALSO SAID THIS IS A LONG RECOVERY. METHYLBROMIDE IS LIKE SARIN GAS. IT ATTACKS THE NERVOUS SYSTEM, AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SAYS TRACES OF IT WERE FOUND IN THE FAMILY’S VILLA, EVEN THOUGH THE FUMIGATION WAS DONE BELOW. METHYLBROMIDE IS NOT ALLOWED TO BE USED INDOORS BECAUSE OF ACUTE TOXICITY. THE EPA HAS A RESTRICTION ON IT. THE RESORT, WHICH IS OWNED BY SEAGLASS VACATIONS, TOLD US THE PEST CONTROL COMPANY TERMINIX FUMIGATED MARCH 18th, SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FAMILY’S VACATION, NINE DAYS IN THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. THE EPA CLEARLY STATES METHYLBROMIDE IS RESTRICTED BECAUSE IT’S ODORLESS AND CAUSES INJURY TO THE LUNG AND TO THE NERVOUS SYSTEMS AND COULD BE FATAL IF IT’S INHALED. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS NOW OPENED A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, THE EPA IS MONITORING THE AIR AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLES AT THAT RESORT AND WORKING WITH LOCAL AGENCIES TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED. TERMINIX TOLD CNNEN IN AN E-MAIL IT IS “LOOKING INTO THIS MATTER INTERNALLY, COOPERATING WITH AUTHORITIES.” THEY SAID “WE’RE THINKING ABOUT THE FAMILY AND WE JOIN THE COMMUNITY IN WISHING THEM A SPEEDY RECOVERY.” A SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE EPA TOLD CNN IT IS ACTIVELY WORKING TO DETERMINE HOW THIS HAPPENED, AND WILL MAKE SURE STEPS ARE TAKEN TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING TO OTHERS AT A VACATION APARTMENT OR ELSEWHERE, AND JUST TO WRAP THIS UP, FRED, THE ATTORNEY TOLD ME, HE SAID “THIS IS THE MOST HORRIFYING STORY IN THE WORLD.>>IT REALLY IS. OH MY GOSH, THAT IS JUST