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For Customs and Border Patrol, Another Tragedy

A Guatemalan 8-year-old boy is dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 25, 2018 1:29 PM CST
Migrants from Central America yell through a border wall at a US Customs and Border Patrol agent after he pulled down a banner Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(Newser) – US immigration authorities say an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala has died in government custody, the second immigrant child to die in detention this month, the AP reports. US Customs and Border Protection say the boy died shortly after midnight Tuesday. CBP says the boy showed "signs of potential illness" Monday and was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico. There, CBP says, he was diagnosed with a cold and a fever.

He was given medications and released Monday afternoon. The agency says the boy was returned to the hospital Monday evening with nausea and vomiting. He died just hours later. A CBP spokesman declined to elaborate Tuesday, but said details will be released shortly. A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died earlier this month after being apprehended by border agents. (Here's what happened when the girl's body was returned to Guatemala.)


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