8-year-old Guatemalan boy in Customs and Border Protection custody dies after treatment for illness

Posted at 10:54 AM, Dec 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-25 14:00:24-05

(KGTV) — An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy in the care of U.S. Customs and Border Protection died shortly after midnight Tuesday in New Mexico, officials say.

The child was in CBP custody when an agent noticed him showing signs of illness Monday. The child and his father were transferred to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in New Mexico, where staff diagnosed the boy with a common cold and fever.

The boy was released with prescriptions for Ibuprofen and amoxicillin later that day, officials said.

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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. The cause of the child's death is not known and officials did not release his identity.

CBP officials said in a release that a review will be conducted, as is procedure, and the Guatemalan government has been notified. Officials said more information would be released shortly.

The boy's death is the second death of a child in CBP care this month.

Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7, died on Dec. 8, less than 48 hours after Border Patrol agents detained her and more than 100 other migrants at a remote New Mexico border crossing.