Ivan Hernandez, 1, has undergone two surgeries after being born with a cleft palate. Hernandez was among five babies born with cleft palates in the tiny San Joaquin Valley, California, community of Kettleman City during a 14-month span beginning in September 2007. Residents point to a nearby hazardous waste facility as the cause of the cleft-palate cluster. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Ivan Hernandez, 1, has undergone two surgeries after being born with a cleft palate. Hernandez was among five babies born with cleft palates in the tiny San Joaquin Valley, California, community of Kettleman City during a 14-month span beginning in September 2007. Residents point to a nearby hazardous waste facility as the cause of the cleft-palate cluster. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/MCT) MCT
Ivan Hernandez, 1, has undergone two surgeries after being born with a cleft palate. Hernandez was among five babies born with cleft palates in the tiny San Joaquin Valley, California, community of Kettleman City during a 14-month span beginning in September 2007. Residents point to a nearby hazardous waste facility as the cause of the cleft-palate cluster. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/MCT) MCT

Probes target what ails Kettleman City kids

February 05, 2010 9:25 PM