The Washington Post notes that the timeline by CBP has changed multiple times, regarding the events surrounding Alonzo-Gomez's death, first saying that he died on Christmas day, then clarifying that he died on Christmas Eve.
The boy, identified by the Guatemalan authorities as Felipe Gómez Alonzo, had been in custody with his father, Agustin Gómez, 47, for nine days. This is the second immigrant child this month to die in custody.
The father of the 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in USA government custody says his son had shown no signs of illness before falling sick Monday, the same day he died.
Her body arrived on Sunday in San Antonio Secortez, the remote village where her family - members of the indigenous Q'eqchi' Maya people - live without electricity and other basic services. "They said they could pass with the children", said Catarina Gomez Lucas, the boy's 21-year-old stepsister, explaining why Felipe and his father, Agustin Gomez, made the unsafe journey.
Gomez and his father were detained on December 18 in El Paso, Texas, for illegally entering the country, but several days later they were moved to the Alamogordo Border Patrol Station in New Mexico.
Customs and Border Protection is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Officials said this was done because the El Paso border station was crowded.
The boy and his father were in CBP custody on December 24 when a Border Patrol agent noticed the child showing signs of illness, CBP said.
Staff diagnosed him with a cold but later discovered a fever.
Amoxicillin is a commonly prescribed antibiotic. Serious concerns were raised about the condition of CBP detention facilities, and the lack of adequate medical supplies, equipment and resources to properly treat migrants and the agents working there. They had a hot meal, according to CBP.
At 7 p.m., officials said the child "appeared to be nauseous and vomited". US officials said his father declined medical assistance because the child had been feeling better. With no medical professional on duty at that time, agents made a decision to transfer both the boy and his father back to the hospital. As they make their way there, Felipe vomits again and loses consciousness.
The boy was pronounced dead at 11:48 p.m.
The CBP said the child's cause of death is not yet known.
Second Guatemalan child dies in US government custody in a month
At the US southwestern border with Mexico, there are areas where no medical workers are available.
McAleenan said in a statement that the child's death was a "tragic loss".
The Department of Homeland Security says it has completed new medical screenings of nearly all the children in the care of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Felipe "always wanted a bicycle", and in the USA he wouldn't have to endure the poverty and lack of opportunity in Guatemala, she said.
"This is an extraordinarily rare occurrence", McAleenan said to CBS This Morning of the recent child deaths. He passed away that evening.
Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warns the country's immigration system is at a "breaking point".
It had been more than a decade since a child died in CBP custody, she added.
The previous instance saw seven-year-old Jakelin Caal, also from Guatemala, die just hours after being taken into custody.
A CBP spokesperson could not immediately answer how many children are in the agency's custody. Numerous claims don't hold up in the end. When I said goodbye to him, he was healthy.
Late Thursday, leading House Democrats called on DHS to preserve "all evidence" related to the deaths, and vowed to conduct hearings after Democrats take control of the House next week. She said, "It's heart-wrenching is what it is, and my heart goes out to the family..." The agency said it has notified the DHS inspector general.
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