Another 16-Year-Old Migrant Child Has Died in Government Custody

The boy is the fifth migrant child to die after being apprehended by border authorities since December.

By Claire Hansen, Staff Writer?May 20, 2019
By Claire Hansen, Staff Writer?May 20, 2019, at 1:04 p.m.
U.S. News & World Report

Migrant Child Dies in U.S. Custody

The Associated Press

Teen migrants walk in line inside the Tornillo detention camp in Tornillo, Texas. On Monday, a 16-year=old boy died at a Border Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas. The Associated Press

A 16-year-old boy from Guatemala died Monday while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency said, becoming the fifth migrant child since December to die after being apprehended by immigration authorities.

The child was found unresponsive during a welfare check at the Weslaco Border Patrol Station in South Texas on Monday morning, the agency said in a statement. He was apprehended for illegal entry on May 13 and taken to a processing center in the Rio Grande Valley before being transferred to the Weslaco facility Sunday, where he was awaiting placement with the Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement.

The cause of the boy's death is unknown, CBP said.

Earlier this month, another 16-year-old boy from Guatemala died while in government custody. Last week, a 2-year-old child died in the hospital after he and his mother were apprehended by Border Patrol in April. The toddler had been in the hospital for about a month before his death.

The five children who have died after being apprehended by Border Patrol since December have been from Guatemala.

Both Sides of the Border

TOPSHOT - People cross a bridge in Playas de Tijuana before the Tijuana Estuarine Research Reserve (background) in San Diego, California, February 13, 2017. 
Attention Editors: This image is part of an ongoing AFP photo project documenting the life on the two sides of the Mexico/US border simultaneously by two photographers traveling for ten days from California to Texas on the US side and from Baja California to Tamaulipas on the Mexican side between February 13 and 22, 2017. You can find all the images with the keyword: BORDERPROJECT2017 on our wire and on www.afpforum.com / AFP / GUILLERMO ARIAS        (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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