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  • Friends and family members attend a service for Jakelin Caal at her home village of San Antonio Secortez

    Friends and family members attend a service for Jakelin Caal at her home village of San Antonio Secortez | Photo: Reuters/Carlos Barria

Published 25 December 2018

Another migrant child died while under the care of United States immigration authorities. 

An eight-year-old Guatemalan boy in the migrant caravan died in government custody Tuesday according to United States immigration authorities.

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This is the second death of a migrant child within a short span while in U.S. custody.

He showed signs of illness Monday and was taken to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico where he was diagnosed with a cold, and fever for which he received medication.

He was taken back to the hospital Monday evening with nausea and vomiting and died there later.

The authorities said that the cause of his death has not been determined and they have notified the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general and the Guatemalan government.

Previously a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died while in U.S. custody.

The girl and her father were detained by immigration authorities on Dec. 6 in New Mexico as part of a group of 163 people who approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in. On Dec. 7, the girl started having seizures and was taken to a hospital, where she died.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the girl’s father signed a document stating his daughter was in good health. However, many question the validity of the statements, given that the girl and her father, Nery Caal, are of Maya origin and did not speak English, and it was uncertain whether they spoke Spanish.

Her body reached Guatemala Sunday as the United Nations called for an independent probe into her death.

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