Guatemalan boy, 8, becomes second child to die in USA border custody

Relatives and friends of the family attend the funeral of seven-year-old Jakelin Caal who died in a Texas hospital two days after being taken into custody by US border patrol agents in a remote stretch of the New Mexico desert

An eight-year-old Guatemalan migrant boy died shortly after midnight on Tuesday (Dec 25) after being detained by US border agents, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement.

After the boy was taken into CBD custody, a U.S. Border Patrol agent noticed that he showed "signs of potential illness", the release said.

Later, he was found to have a fever and was held for an additional 90 minutes before he was released with prescriptions for an antibiotic and Ibuprofen.

He was back at the hospital just a short while later however after suffering from nausea and vomiting before passing away just a few hours later.

The father and son were not identified, and the agency said it would release more details "as available and appropriate".

Earlier in December, seven-year-old Jakelin Caal, also from Guatemala, died after being detained along with her father by United States border agents in a remote part of New Mexico.

Jakelin's body was returned to Guatemala on Monday. She died in the hospital on December 8.

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An eight-year-old migrant boy has died in USA government custody.

Oscar Padilla, the Guatemalan consul in Phoenix, said he was told by the boy's father in a telephone interview that the two had been traveling from their home in Nentón, a village about 280 miles (450 kilometers) from Guatemala City.

More than a day before she died, Jakelin, her father and 161 other Central American migrants crossed the USA border outside Antelope Wells, New Mexico, seeking to turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents.

CBP promised "an independent and thorough review of the circumstances".

Democratic members of Congress and immigration advocates sharply criticized CBP's handling of the death and questioned whether border agents could have prevented it. It was not immediately known if the watchdog would open an investigation into the boy's death.

"The cause of death of the minor is still being investigated and the medical records have been requested in order to help clarify the cause of death", the statement said.

She died after being detained along with her father by U.S. border agents in a remote part of New Mexico.

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