Second Guatemalan migrant child dies in US custody

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection have confirmed that an 8-year-old Guatemalan child died Tuesday while in their custody.

Once agents noticed the child showing symptoms of illness Monday, "the father and his son were promptly transferred to the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center", according to a CBP statement.

Officials said the boy, who was in CBP custody, started showing signs of "a potential illness" on December 24.

Monday night, officials said the boy began vomiting and was taken back to the medical center, where officials say he died shortly after midnight Tuesday. The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General and appropriate members of Congress have also been notified.

A CBP spokesman declined to elaborate, but said more details would be released shortly.

A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl Jakelin Caal died in United States border patrol custody, shortly after being detained in early December.

Her body was repatriated Sunday to Guatemala, and her remains were to be transported to the indigenous community of Raxruha, where she called home. Guatemalan officials have been notified of the death, CBP said.

An eight-year-old migrant boy has died in U.S. government custody.

Alamogordo is about 90 miles (145km) from the US-Mexico border at El Paso, Texas.

Similarly, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan stressed the dangers posed by traveling long distances, on crowded transportation, or in the natural elements in a statement on December 14.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has tried to deter people from crossing the border between ports of entry illegally to seek asylum, while at the same time restricting legal access to official ports of entry.

She died after being detained along with her father by United States border agents in a remote part of New Mexico.

Authorities said they had not established the cause of death but would "ensure an independent and thorough review of the circumstances".

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