Second child dies in custody - US immigration authorities

Second child dies in custody - US immigration authorities

Second child dies in custody - US immigration authorities

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died Christmas morning in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection, the agency said. The father and son were taken to the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where the boy was diagnosed with a common cold and fever, and eventually released by hospital staff. He was released midday, given prescriptions for ibuprofen and the amoxicillin antibiotic.

More than a day before she died, Jakelin, her father and 161 other Central American migrants crossed the USA border outside Antelope Wells, New Mexico, seeking to turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents.

The boy was returned to the hospital in the evening with nausea and vomiting and died there just hours later, CBP said.

The Guatemalan government has been notified of the death, "and is now engaging the father and any family members in Guatemala", wrote the CBP. The cause of the child's death is not known and officials did not release his identity.

This is the second child to die in CBP custody this month.

A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl Jakelin Caal died in United States border patrol custody, shortly after being detained in early December. Her death provoked scathing criticism of immigration authorities by Democrats, who said the death was a result of President Trump's "cruel and inhumane" immigration agenda.

CBP said on Tuesday that the Guatemalan boy's death is being reviewed by the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility, and that the Inspector General has been notified of the death. The body of Jakelin Caal was returned to her family's remote village Monday.

The Guatemalan government has been notified and is in touch with the father and family members in Guatemala, CBP said. She died in the hospital on December 8.

She was flown to hospital in El Paso, Texas where she died the next day.

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