4-Year-Old Finds Used Condom, May Have Herpes

August 25th, 2010 by Staff

ATLANTA — A 4-year-old child may now have a sexually transmitted disease because of a used condom he found in an Atlanta hotel room.

Carmen Jones said she is hurting inside not knowing what sexually transmitted diseases her grandson may now have.

“The doctors at Scottish Rite said, if it was some sort of herpes it would last seven to 10 days, and sure enough about 10 days he started getting better, but then the blisters reappeared,” said Jones.

Jones said she, her grandson and other family members stayed at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in downtown Atlanta on July 31.

When they got up the next morning, her grandson found a used condom in their bed.

“I ran out the bathroom and my grandson had a condom in his mouth. His tongue was in the condom and he was trying to blow it up. I immediately took it out of his mouth and he thought it was a balloon, that he was blowing up a balloon,” said Jones.

Jones said she became even more worried when she saw what was inside the condom.

“It still had, what appeared to be semen in the condom. I want to take the condom and have it tested,” said Jones.

But Jones said the manager at the Wyndham Hotel would not let her take the condom.

Jones said after 24 hours, her grandson started throwing up, he developed a fever and started showing signs of a possible STD.

“Little white blisters all on the top of his mouth, on his tongue, inside the mouth, inside the lip the bottom lip, it was all over,” said Jones.

CBS Atlanta went to the Wyndham Hotel with our tough question only to find out the Wyndham no longer owns the building at the corner of Piedmont and Andrew Young International Boulevard.

Georgia State University bought it and turned it into student dorms.

CBS called the Wyndham Corporate offices with our Tough Questions. We left a message, but no one returned our call.

Jones wants answers about the dirty room. She fears the answers she may get from doctors about her grandson.

“You definitely don’t want it to come back as HIV [positive] or STD or something like that. You don’t want that and you definitely don’t want him to have to live with this for the rest of his life,” said Jones.

Tuesday, CBS Atlanta uncovered new details about the company that managed the hotel in question.

CBS Atlanta has confirmed that Crescent Hotels and Resorts managed the property at the time of the incident.

CBS Atlanta also confirmed hotel General Manager Bonnie Stanley was in charge of hotel operations when the July incident happened.

CBS Atlanta reporter Michelle Marsh contacted Stanley over the phone.

Marsh: “Do you know why a condom would be in a room that was supposed to be cleaned?”

Stanley: “No, I don’t.”

Marsh: “OK, so do you understand why we have to ask some tough questions about this?

Stanley: “Well, sure I do.”

Stanley added, “I’m aware of the incident that was reported. We reported to the insurance company for them to make a determination and investigate it.”

Marsh: “And what did your investigation find?”

Stanley: “They haven’t completed that yet.”

Marsh: “The family says they showed the condom to your assistant general manager, is that not true?”

Stanley: “Yes, it is. There was a condom there.”

Stanley said she still works for Crescent Hotels and Resorts but would not reveal which locations she was in charge of.

Stanley said this case was an isolated incident and all rooms are cleaned before people check in.

CBS Atlanta tried multiple times to speak to someone from Crescent’s corporate office in Virginia but no one responded to any of the messages.


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