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8-Year-Old Boy Dies on Christmas Morning in Border Control Custody

8-Year-Old Boy Dies on Christmas Morning in Border Control Custody

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

According to a press release, the child showed signs of illness on December 24. There, CBP says, he was diagnosed with a cold and a fever.

But later that evening, the boy began vomiting and was transferred back to the hospital. He died shortly after midnight on Christmas Day. The cause of the child's death is not known and officials did not release his identity.

An investigation into CBP actions will be conducted by the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility, the news release said. The agency added that the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General and the Guatemalan government had been notified, and that they were "engaging" with the boy's father, as well with family members in Guatemala.

The Guatemalan government also has been notified.

The Guatemalan government has been notified of the death, "and is now engaging the father and any family members in Guatemala", wrote the CBP.

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The girl and her father, Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz, had been traveling with a group of 163 migrants who were arrested on December 6 near a border crossing in New Mexico.

Ruben Garcia, director of El Paso's Annunciation House, said Tuesday that he had no reason to believe his shelter had served the family, but was waiting for further details about what happened.

In an official statement, the Department of Homeland Security reported that a us border patrol agent noticed the minor exhibiting symptoms of illness on Monday and transported the boy, with his father, to a local hospital.

The border agency has not yet said when the father and son entered the United States or how long they were detained, saying only in its statement that the boy had been "previously apprehended". During the screening, the father denied that either he or his daughter were ill.

The girl's remains were then returned to her family's remote village in Guatemala.


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