2nd Guatemalan child dies in U.S. immigration custody

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An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala who was in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody died on Christmas, the agency announced in a news release on Tuesday.

He was taken to the hospital after a border agent noticed signs of illness, and the medical staff first diagnosed him with a common cold and later detected a fever. He was released midday, given prescriptions for ibuprofen and the amoxicillin antibiotic.

Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, return to Mexico after being hit by tear gas sprayed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The Department of Homeland Security has said that the girl did not show signs of health problems during a routine check conducted when she and her father were taken into custody. The cause of the child's death is not known and officials did not release his identity.

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

This is the second child to die in CBP custody this month.

According to Guatemala's foreign ministry, the father and son entered the U.S.at El Paso, Texas, on December 18, then were taken to the Border Patrol's Alamogordo station Sunday. The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General and appropriate members of Congress have also been notified.

Jakelin Caal died in United States custody on December 8.

"During their period of detention they received medical screenings and further treatment as needed", the release said.

The death follows one earlier this month of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl, in an incident that left Democrats saying the Trump administration had blood on its hands.

Her body was repatriated on Sunday to Guatemala, and her remains were to be transported to the indigenous community of Raxruha, where she called home.

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