An eight-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody this week had trekked to the border along with his father from a rural northwestern village, Guatemala’s authorities mentioned on Wednesday, following 1000’s of others who’ve made the world a sizzling spot of migration.
Felipe Gomez Alonzo and his father, Agustin, 47, got here from the municipality of Nenton in Huehuetenango province, mentioned Guatemalan overseas ministry spokeswoman Marta Larra.
That’s about three,000 kilometres from El Paso, Texas, the place the pair have been apprehended, based on Google Maps.
Gomez was the second baby to die this month in U.S. custody after crossing from Mexico, following the loss of life in early December of 7-year-old Guatemalan Jakelin Caal.
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His dad and mom, who communicate a Maya language referred to as Chuj and little Spanish, have requested an post-mortem be executed as rapidly as potential so the physique might be repatriated to Guatemala, Larra mentioned. The outcomes are anticipated in a couple of week, she added.
Most households in Nenton are of indigenous origin and subsist on corn and bean farming, in addition to cash despatched again from kin working in america and Mexico, based on an area authorities report.
Huehuetenango sends the very best numbers of migrants overseas from Guatemala yearly, Larra mentioned.
The U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP) has not launched an official reason behind the boy’s loss of life.
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The Border Patrol will start conducting secondary medical checks on all kids in custody, specializing in these below 10 years outdated, CBP mentioned. The company can also be reviewing choices for releasing migrants to momentary housing and is contemplating bringing in “surge” medical help from different businesses.
The daddy and son have been detained on Dec. 18 in El Paso, Texas, for illegally getting into the nation, the company mentioned.
They got sizzling meals, snacks, juice and water, and two days later, have been transferred to the El Paso Border Patrol Station, the CBP mentioned. On Dec. 23, they have been transferred to the Alamogordo Border Patrol Station in New Mexico.
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On the morning of Dec. 24, an agent observed the boy “was coughing and appeared to have shiny eyes,” the CBP mentioned, and the daddy and son have been transferred to a close-by hospital.
The boy was discovered to have a fever and chilly however was launched with a prescription for an antibiotic and Ibuprofen. That night, Felipe began vomiting, and his father declined medical assist as a result of his son had been feeling higher, CBP mentioned.
A couple of hours later, the boy once more started feeling nauseous and was taken again to the hospital, the place he died simply earlier than midnight. CBP beforehand reported he had died early on Tuesday.