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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently completed an investigation into the death of a Guatemalan child who died in U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) custody.
The investigation found no misconduct or malfeasance by DHS personnel:
• On December 6, 2018, a 7-year-old child and her father were apprehended in Antelope Wells, New Mexico.
• On December 7, 2018, during transport from Antelope Wells to another USBP facility 90 miles away in Lordsburg, New Mexico, the child’s father reported that she was ill with a fever and vomiting. The child also started having seizures.
• When the child arrived at the USBP station in Lordsburg, USBP Emergency Medical Technicians initiated medical care and flew the child to the hospital by commercial air ambulance.
• USBP personnel drove the father to the hospital.
• The child was pronounced dead at the hospital the next day.
• OIG conducted a detailed investigation and coordinated with the local medical examiner’s office.
• The state medical examiner’s autopsy report found the child died of natural causes due to sequelae of Streptococcal sepsis.