Guatemalan Official Identifies Boy, 8, Who Died in US Custody

On Monday night, the boy was nauseous and began vomiting and was sent back to the same hospital but died shortly after midnight on Tuesday, the agency said.

Staff diagnosed him with a cold but later discovered a fever.

The measure was introduced amid scrutiny and criticism from politicians and other groups after the second death of an immigrant child in the agency's care just this month, with a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl dying due to what the agency said was dehydration and hunger.

Tensions on the border are on the rise as Mexican authorities have said that more than 8,200 asylum-seeking migrants from Central America have reached Mexico, with around 7,400 of the migrants staying near the cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, just south of California, while attempting to access USA territory.

The Trump administration said Caal's death showed the danger of her journey and the family's decision to cross the border illegally.

"Many questions remain unanswered, including how many children have died in CBP custody", Castro said.

According to Guatemala's foreign ministry, the father and son entered the U.S. at El Paso, Texas, on Dec 18, then were taken to the Border Patrol's Alamogordo station Sunday. The body of Jakelin Caal was returned to her family's remote village Monday.

He is locked in a battle with Congress over funding for his planned border wall, which he claims will stem migration from Latin American countries plagued by gang violence and poverty.

Guatemala's Foreign Ministry said its consul in Phoenix was seeking to interview the boy's father, to whom it pledged to give all necessary consular assistance and protection. The hospital said the girl likely died from septic shock.

Both were taken to a hospital in New Mexico.

Many of them say their goal is to settle in the U.S. despite warnings by USA officials that anyone found entering the country illegally will face arrest, prosecution and deportation.

Hours later her temperature skyrocketed to 40.9 degrees Celsius and emergency medical teams had to revive her.

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. The White House did not immediately comment on the boy's death Tuesday.

  • Joey Payne