On XMAS Morning, A Second Child Died After Being Detained By Border Patrol

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An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died while in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody in the early hours of Dec. 25.

A second migrant child has died this month while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to ABC News.

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died Christmas day of an as-yet unknown illness, the outlet reported.

The boy, identified by Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, as Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, had been admitted into a New Mexico hospital and released, but then re-admitted again before dying shortly after midnight on Christmas morning.

This child's death is the second such instance this month, after a 7-year-old girl died in government custody on Dec. 8.

According to a CBP press release on December 25, the boy and his father were apprehended on December 18 a few miles west of the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas.

The pair were transported to Paso Del Norte Port (PDT) that same afternoon and provided food, juice and water, the release said.

On Dec. 20, the two were transferred to the El Paso Border Patrol Station, where they spent the next two days and received 17 welfare checks. They were transferred to the Alamogordo Border Patrol Station in New Mexico "to finalize processing" late on Dec. 22.

According to the CBP statement, after a day and a half at Alamogrodo a processing agent "noticed that the child was coughing and appeared to have glossy eyes" on Dec. 24, and he and his father were transferred to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center at 9:30 a.m.

The boy was diagnosed with a common cold and released with amoxicillin and ibuprofen prescriptions on Christmas Eve.

The child was taken to temporary holding at the Highway 70 checkpoint, where he became nauseous and started vomiting at about 7 p.m. CBP's second release states, "His father declined further medical assistance as the child had been feeling better."

But three hours later, with the child still nauseous, and "as no EMT was on-duty," he was transferred back to the medical center. The boy lost consciousness on the way and could not be revived on arrival after midnight on Christmas, the release states.

The child's official cause of death is unknown and the CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility will conduct a review, the release states.

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