Guatemalan migrant toddler dies weeks after USA detention

A group of Central American migrants is questioned about their children's health after surrendering to U.S. Border Patrol Agents south of the U.S.-Mexico border fence in El Paso on March 6

A 2 and a half-year-old Guatemalan boy apprehended on the US-Mexico border died Tuesday night in El Paso, Texas, the Washington Post reported.

A Guatemalan toddler lost his life this week after being detained at the USA border by Border Patrol agents.

The death is the fourth incident since December of a child perishing after making the treacherous journey and being apprehended at the border.

The child had been in the hospital in U.S. custody for several weeks after crossing into the United States with his mother, the Post reported, citing Guatemala Consul Tekandi Paniagua and another source. The deaths of migrant children have prompted USA immigration authorities to increase medical checks of minors taken into custody along the country's southwest border.

Most deaths last Twelve months took place some distance from urban amenities admire El Paso and San Diego.


"He had health problems because of the conditions in which they were travelling, high fevers and difficulty breathing", Paniagua said.

On April 6, the boy's mother advised agents that her son was ill, according to the border protection official, and the child was transported that day to a hospital in Horizon City, Texas, by EMS. Authorities then rushed the child to a nearby children's hospital after he appeared "to have developed a form of pneumonia", according to the Post. The child and mother crossed the border just days after acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said at a press conference in El Paso there is "unprecedented humanitarian and border crisis all along our southwest border, and nowhere has that crisis manifested more acutely than here in El Paso".

Earlier this month a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died at a Texas youth detention facility. The cause of death was eventually determined to be a brain infection.

He died after spending "several weeks" in the hospital.

Immigration authorities have since ordered an increase of medical checks for children in their custody, with a focus on children under 10.

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