An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy dies in United States custody on Christmas

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy dies in United States custody on Christmas

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy dies in United States custody on Christmas

The boy died shortly after midnight on Tuesday, at a hospital in Alamogordo, N.M. He is the second child this month to die in CBP custody after being apprehended by the agency.

Hospital staff diagnosed the boy with a common cold and a fever, and released him in the mid-afternoon with prescriptions for antibiotics and ibuprofen.

The boy was taken back to the hospital after he started vomiting in the evening and died shortly after midnight. It added that the agency will be conducting a review of the incident and the Department of Homeland Security Office of the inspector general has been notified. This comes after a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl named Jakelin Caal passed away earlier this month after falling ill and having a temperature that reached 105.7 degrees. The body of the girl, Jakelin Caal, was returned to her family's remote village Monday for burial Tuesday.

Felipe Gonzalez, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, said Monday that the USA government's detention of children due to their immigration status violated worldwide law.

It came during an ongoing dispute over border security and with a partial government shutdown underway over President Trump's request for border wall funding.

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

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Her death reignited debate in the United States over immigration policy and the treatment of migrants.

Guatemala's foreign ministry in a statement said that its consul in Phoenix, Arizona, was monitoring the situation and had sought to interview the boy's father "to know their version of the facts".

It remained unclear why the boy and the father were held in the holding facility over 72 hours in total, despite the agency's recommendations that immigrants should be transferred to better ICE facilities, though the decision could have been made due to lack of space in such facilities.

The Washington Post, who first reported her death, quoted border officials as saying she had died of liver failure brought about by dehydration and shock, and that she "reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days".

Both were taken to a hospital in New Mexico. It was not immediately known if the watchdog would open an investigation.

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