An 8-Year-Old Guatemalan Boy Dies in US Custody on Christmas

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died Christmas morning in the custody of US Immigration authorities. He is the second Guatemalan child to die in Customs and Border Patrol custody this month.

The child was detained with his dad. While in custody, a border agent noticed signs of illness. He was taken to the hospital Monday and the medical staff diagnosed him with a cold and later detected a fever.

By Monday evening, the boy began vomiting and was taken back to the hospital for evaluation. He died shortly after midnight at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in New Mexico.

The cause of death is unknown. CBP is conducting a review and will release more details when they are available.

7-year-old girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, fled Guatemala with her dad, surviving the 2,000-mile journey to New Mexico. She died December 8, less than 2 days after CBP detained her and her dad. 



Photo: “181111-M-YE163-290” by U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos is in the Public Domain