The Guatemalan foreign ministry called for an investigation into the Christmas Day death of an 8-year-old boy while in government custody, according to a report from the Associated Press.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that the boy showed “signs of potential illness” and was taken to the hospital for treatment Dec. 24.
He was diagnosed with a cold and fever then released with antibiotics and Ibuprofen, according to the agency.
The child was returned to the hospital with nausea and vomiting and died hours later early Christmas morning, officials said.
The Guatemalan foreign ministry called for an investigation “in accordance with due process,” the Associated Press reported.
Guatemalan authorities said the boy entered the U.S. with his father Dec. 18 at El Paso, Texas, and were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Earlier this month, a 7-year-old Guatemala girl, Jakeline Caal, died while in ICE custody.
She perished Dec. 6 from septic shock, fever and dehydration.
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