US says 2nd Guatemalan child has died in immigration custody

US says 2nd Guatemalan child has died in immigration custody

US says 2nd Guatemalan child has died in immigration custody

An eight-year-old Guatemalan boy has died while in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The child was later transferred back to the hospital after showing signs of nausea and vomiting, dying just after midnight. There, CBP says, he was diagnosed with a cold and a fever.

The Guatemalan government has been notified and is in touch with the father and family members in Guatemala, CBP said.

A CBP spokesperson declined to elaborate Tuesday, but said details will be released shortly.

The child, who has not yet been named, is the second migrant child to have died in USA detention this month. The Guatemalan government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Authorities said they had not established the cause of death but would "ensure an independent and thorough review of the circumstances".


Seven-year-old Jakelin Caal, another Guatemalan national, died December 8 of dehydration and shock, less than a day after she was apprehended by border agents.

Officials said more information would be released shortly.

Jakelin's family has disputed CBP reports that the child went several days without food and water before she died, saying she was healthy when she arrived in the United States.

The symptoms the 8-year-old boy exhibited are similar to the ones Jakelin manifested before she died. He died hours later, the CBP said. Agents screened the family when they were caught, and the father said there was no medical issue, but hours later she became sick then stopped breathing, had to be revived twice by agents, and was flown to a hospital where she died after liver failure, heart attack and respiratory failure.

The father signed an English-language form stating Jakelin was in good health, but it remains unclear whether he understood what the form said.

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