Monday 21 October 2019

Second migrant child dies in US custody

 

Relatives and friends of the family attend the funeral of seven-year-old Jakelin Caal, who died in a Texas hospital two days after being taken into custody by US border patrol agents in a remote stretch of the New Mexico desert. Photo: JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives and friends of the family attend the funeral of seven-year-old Jakelin Caal, who died in a Texas hospital two days after being taken into custody by US border patrol agents in a remote stretch of the New Mexico desert. Photo: JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Rita Devlin Marier

An eight-year-old boy from Guatemala died yesterday in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the second such fatality this month involving an immigrant child in federal detention.

The cause of death wasn't known, CBP said in a statement.

According to the agency, the boy was taken to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, with his father on Monday after showing signs of potential illness. He was diagnosed with a cold and a fever and released.

The child then was returned to the hospital later the same day with nausea and vomiting. He died shortly after midnight on Christmas Day, CBP said.

The agency's statement didn't specify where the child had been in custody.

The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General and the Guatemalan government have been notified, it said.

A seven-year-old girl, also from Guatemala, died earlier this month while in CBP custody.

The family of Jakelin Caal disputed US officials' claims she had not been given food or water for days.

Jakelin and her father were seeking asylum in the US and were among a large group of migrants arrested on December 6 near a remote border crossing in New Mexico. Hours later, they were placed on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station, but Jakelin began vomiting and eventually stopped breathing. She later died at a Texas hospital.

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