7-Year-Old Girl Died From Dehydration in Border Patrol’s Custody

A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died from dehydration while in Border Patrol custody. She was detained last week after crossing the border with her Dad to New Mexico with 100 other migrants.

Eight hours after she was detained, she began having seizures. Emergency responders found that she “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.

She was flown to an El Paso hospital and doctors were able to revive her, but less than a day later she went into cardiac arrest and died.

Food and water are normally provided to detained migrants in CBP custody, though it is unclear if the girl received the provisions or a medical exam prior to her first seizure.

Her Dad is reportedly still in El Paso awaiting a meeting with officials from the Guatemalan consulate.

The detention facilities migrants are held in were built to handle mostly male single adults in custody, not families and children. In November, families made up more than half of the people taken into custody by Border Patrol.



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