Grandma recovering after being stung by bees

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by Carina Sonn

azfamily.com

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 22 at 7:20 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A man who may have illegally kept bees in his backyard could face city code violations and other charges after a grandma was stung hundreds of times.

Betty Gerard stepped outside of her in-laws quarters near 59th Avenue and Northern on Tuesday morning when she was suddenly attacked by bees, possibly Africanized.

"I got a call from Lifeline saying she was on the phone with my 4-year-old, that Whitney was reporting there were bees all over her and grandma needed help," said Cindy Chrisman, Gerard's daughter.

The granddaughter reportedly saw Gerard in distress and was able to call for help using Betty's medical alert bracelet.

She was rushed to the hospital, where she is now in good condition.

"Her face was the most covered. All around her mouth, inside her nose, the edges of her nose," said Chrisman.

Firefighters say they located four large boxes of bees in a nearby homeowner's backyard.

If that's the case, the homeowner would be in violation of city code. Glendale residents aren't permitted to keep any bees unless the property is zoned agricultural.

"What was the purpose and the intention if these bees actually did come from this location. What we are doing is we aren't ruling out any possibility, we are looking at all charges that may be applicable to this particular incident," said Officer Tracey Breeden.

Chrisman believes the beekeeper should be prosecuted.

"It makes you angry from the inside out. Seeing how miserable she is and knowing what a sweet lady she is and for her to have to go through this, it was senseless," said Chrisman.

Meanwhile, Whitney Chrisman suffered just two bee stings. One to the top of her head and one to her finger.

Initially she denied being a hero.

"She likes to run around the house after that, saying she's a super hero," said Chrisman.

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