An eight-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody early Tuesday, said us immigration authorities, marking the second death of a migrant child in detention this month.
The boy showed "signs of potential illness" on Monday and was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, the agency said. He died just hours later.
According to Guatemala's foreign ministry, the father and son entered the U.S.at El Paso, Texas, on December 18, then were taken to the Border Patrol's Alamogordo station Sunday. Officials said more information would be released shortly.
CBP said an official cause of death has not yet been determined.
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Monday night, officials said the boy began vomiting and was taken back to the medical center, where officials say he died shortly after midnight Tuesday.
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CBP said on Tuesday that the Guatemalan boy's death is being reviewed by the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility, and that the Inspector General has been notified of the death.
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.
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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. She died in the hospital on December 8.
Her death fueled criticism of President Donald Trump's immigration policies from Democrats and migrant advocates.
The child, who has not yet been named, is the second migrant child to have died in USA detention this month.
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