8-year-old boy from Guatemala dies in government custody

8-year-old boy from Guatemala dies in government custody

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release that the boy died shortly after midnight Tuesday. He was prescribed amoxicillin and ibuprofen, and taken with his father to a holding facility at a highway checkpoint.

The child was later transferred back to the hospital after showing signs of nausea and vomiting, dying just after midnight.

The agency said that the cause of death had not been determined, and that the Department of Homeland Security's inspector-general and the Guatemalan government had been notified.

The official cause of death is not yet known, CBP has said they are conducting an official investigation and will release more information as it is obtained.

A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died earlier this month after being apprehended by border agents.

Jakelin Caal's funeral was being held in her family's village in Guatemala.

"Heartbroken to hear of a second child's death in CBP custody", tweeted Nydia Velazquez, a Democratic congresswoman from NY.

U.S. authorities have informed Guatemalan officials of the death.

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The unidentified child is the second border-crosser to die in government custody this month.

The death came during an ongoing dispute over border security and with a partial government shutdown underway over President Donald Trump's request for border wall funding.

Guatemala's foreign ministry in a statement said that its consul in Phoenix, Arizona, was monitoring the situation and had sought to interview the boy's father "to know their version of the facts".

Maquin and her father were taken to the Antelope Wells port of entry after turning themselves in to CBP officers in early December.

The previous instance saw seven-year-old Jakelin Caal, also from Guatemala, die just hours after being taken into custody. While in the hospital, the girl was revived after going into cardiac arrest but she died less than 24 hours later.

Her death on December 8 prompted calls for investigation from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which says "disturbing systematic failures" and a lack of medically trained agents prevented the government from adequately caring for its child.

An US border patrol agent observes near the Mexico-US border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico.

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