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8-Year-Old Migrant Boy Died in U.S. Custody on Christmas Eve

Felipe Alonzo-Gomez.

Felipe Alonzo-Gomez.
Photo: Catarina Gomez/AP

On Christmas Eve, an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala, later identified as Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, died in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. He is the second child to die while being held by CBP this month.

According to the agency, Felipe and his father were apprehended near the border on December 18; after that, they were moved around to a number of border stations. During their weeklong detention, Felipe became increasingly feverish and nauseated, and on December 24, he was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a common cold, given Tylenol and amoxicillin, and then released back into CBP custody. Several hours later, after his symptoms worsened, agents decided to take him back to the hospital. He was pronounced dead soon after arrival.


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