Medical checks ordered after 2nd child migrant death
HOUSTON (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection have ordered medical checks on every child in its custody after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died, marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency's care this month.
The death came during an ongoing dispute over border security and with a partial government shutdown underway over President Donald Trump's request for border wall funding. The boy, identified by Guatemalan authorities as Felipe Gómez Alonzo, had been in CBP's custody with his father, Agustin Gomez, since Dec. 18.
BREAKING- @CBP issues a new statement in the death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in their custody. It includes a timeline of what happened, as well as new actions directed by the CBP commissioner. pic.twitter.com/RUbV979V6C— Nick Valencia (@CNNValencia) December 26, 2018
CBP said in a statement late Tuesday that an agent first noticed the boy had a cough and "glossy eyes" at about 9 a.m. Monday. He was eventually hospitalized twice and died.
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