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Guatemalan boy detained at border dies in US custody

Thursday - 27/12/2018 00:40
An eight-year-old boy from Guatemala has died in US government custody, officials say, the second migrant child to die in US detention this month
GETTY IMAGES / Migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence
GETTY IMAGES / Migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence

The border agency says the boy died on Monday night hours after showing signs of illness. A Texas congressman named him as Felipe Alónzo-Gomez.

The child was detained with his father on 18 December after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border.

A seven-year-old girl died earlier this month just hours after being detained.

Jakelin Caal, also from Guatemala, developed a high fever and died of liver failure. Her funeral was held in her village on Tuesday.

Thousands of migrants have travelled from Central America - mainly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador - to the US border.

Many say there are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries and plan to seek asylum in the US.


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