A New Jersey woman is suing the beekeepers who killed her two young sons and left her with a painful and fatal brain injury, saying she was never told about the killer bees or a pesticide they used.
Lorie Koehn, 62, was hit by a Killer Bee that killed her 2-year-old son on Feb. 8.
The beekeeper was not charged with the death, but she was accused of intentionally injuring Koehrns husband and another man, who died of severe brain injuries.
“I had to find a way to come up with a plan for this, to get back together with my children, to see them again,” Koehns husband, Mike, told FoxNews.com in an interview Wednesday.
“I have a son and I had to come to terms with that.”
A lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Camden alleges Koehlns children were poisoned with a toxic pesticide and that her husband had an “unbelievably dangerous” beekeeper who had sprayed his house with the pesticide without Koehoffers knowledge or permission.
Koehn and her husband, John Koehm, said the pesticides sprayed on their home by a beekeeper in their town of St. Johnsville were “dangerous, potentially lethal, and were the direct result of reckless conduct” by a company called JKH Genetics.
The lawsuit also alleges that Koeckns husband was hit with a bee sting and then killed by a swarm of bees in his yard in August 2013.
Koehens’ two sons, ages 8 and 12, were not hurt, according to the suit.
Koeshn and John Koeshn, the man killed in August, are among more than 300 people who have filed lawsuits against beekeepers since the first fatal bee death in U.S. history on March 15, 2013.
The deaths have raised concerns about the health of the U.K. honeybee population, a highly prized crop that has been blamed for wiping out a wide variety of crops.
Last year, the U-K Honey Bee Association released a report that found that U.N. and U.C.S.-led research projects are working toward eliminating the bee population worldwide.
“The bee population is suffering, and the beekeeper’s actions and practices are leading to the deaths of millions of innocent honey bees,” said Bill Meehan, president of the bee group.
“We have no tolerance for beekeeper cruelty.”
The suit, which is seeking unspecified damages, names JKHR, Beekeeper’s Association of America, and Honey Bee Products Association, which the suit says is responsible for “perpetuating” the toxic pesticides.JKH, which operates several facilities around the country and owns several honeybee colonies, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The lawsuit is not seeking a monetary figure, but the suit accuses JKHC of paying $1 million to Koehler’s husband for the honey they produced.
The suit also names Beekeeper International Inc., the world’s largest beekeeping group, and several other beekeepers as defendants.”JKHA is a beekeeping association whose members include beekeepers from all over the world, who are responsible for the destruction of honeybee populations worldwide,” the suit said.
The beekeepers denied the claims.
“The suit is pure political retaliation against the Koeshns for speaking out against the deadly effects of pesticides,” the group said in a statement.
Kohns attorney, Steve Mather, said he had no idea that the company was using pesticides on the bees when he and his wife bought a house in a small New Jersey town about a half-hour drive from the county seat of Trenton in October 2012.
He said his client bought the house because the family could afford to buy an acre of land, but said he did not know about the toxic chemicals.
Mather said the lawsuit is part of a larger trend of beekeeper lawsuits that have brought the issue of pesticides into the public eye.
“We are getting calls from all across the country, people who are saying they have bees in their backyard, they have a dead bee in their yard, or they have bee stings,” he said.
“This is not about the bees; it’s about the industry.”
Beekeepers have long been the target of lawsuits, mostly involving the illegal use of pesticides on honeybees.
The most recent one took place last year, when the U,K.
government and a group of U.A.E. nations accused pesticide companies of violating bee health by keeping bees at low temperatures for extended periods of time.
But Beekeepers and the industry say the lawsuits have been overblown.
“They’ve been trying to portray the Beekeeper as a criminal enterprise,” said David Pollock, executive director of the American Beekeepers Association.
“They have not been interested in the facts or the science.
They’ve been interested, they’ve just decided