Second Guatemalan Migrant Child Dies in US Custody

Another migrant child died while being under the care of United States immigration authorities.

An eight-year-old Guatemalan boy from the migrant caravan died in government custody Tuesday according to the United States immigration authorities

This is the second death of a migrant child within a short span under U.S. custody.

He showed sign of illness Monday and taken to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico where he was diagnosed with cold, and fever and was medicated.

He was taken back to the hospital Monday evening with nausea and vomiting and died there later.

The authorities said that the cause of his death has not been determined and they have notified the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general and the Guatemalan government.

Previously a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died while in U.S. Migration custody.

The girl and her father were detained by immigration authorities on Dec. 6 in New Mexico as part of a group of 163 people who approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in. On Dec. 7, the girl started having seizures and was taken to a hospital, where she died.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the girl’s father signed a document stating his daughter was in good health. However, many question the validity of the statements, given that the girl and her father, Nery Caal, are of Maya origin and did not speak English. It is still uncertain whether they spoke Spanish.

Her body reached Guatemala Sunday while the United Nations called for an independent probe into her death.

Source URL: Telesur English

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