8-Year-Old Dies In CBP Custody After Doctor Clears Him, Father Refuses Treatment

The father of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died at the U.S. border denied further medical treatment for his son

Alamogordo, NM - The father of an eight-year-old Guatemalan boy who died Christmas Eve denied attempts from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to give the child further medical treatment.

Felipe Gomez Alonzo was given multiple medical examinations by doctors at a local hospital, and was released with prescription medications, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

After the boy was first released from Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, he and his father were put into a temporary holding facility where CBP agents were aware of his condition and gave the family medication, according to a spokesman from the Department of Homeland Security.

A few hours after the father and boy were in the holding facility, the boy complained of being sick to his stomach and later vomited, according to DHS.

However, the father at that point declined further medical treatment for his boy and told officials his son “had been feeling better,” according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official.

While doing a later welfare check, agents at the facility noticed the boy’s deteriorating condition and decided to transport him to the hospital out of an abundance of caution.

The boy later lost consciousness during transit to the hospital and was declared dead just before midnight.

The boy's cause of death has still not been determined.

The New York Times had questioned the ability of federal agents to care for migrants in U.S. facilities in a Dec. 25 article titled, “8-Year-Old Migrant Child From Guatemala Dies in U.S. Custody”.

USA Today ran a story Dec. 26 with the headline, “How many immigrant children need to die before border policies change? A second Guatemalan child has died shortly after crossing the U.S. border. Who should be held responsible?”

The death of the boy comes two weeks after the death of a seven-year-old girl in CBP custody in Texas.

Guatemalan Consul Tekandi Paniagua told CNN that the girl's father, Nery Gilberto Caal, said the agents did everything within their power to help his daughter, Jakelin Caal Maquin, after she became sick on a bus that had traveled from the Antelope Wells Port of Entry which is an international border crossing in New Mexico to a border patrol station in Lordsburg, New Mexico, according to CNN.

The seven-year-old girl died December 8 while at a hospital in El Paso, Texas.

The girl's father released a statement via his lawyers that said he was "grateful for the many first responders that tried to save young Jakelin's life in New Mexico and Texas," according to CNN.

Comments (15)
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Katarina
Katarina

The stories are leaving out many facts. How many lives does our Border Control Save when the illegals are near death by the time they get here from the stresses of their journey? How many US citizens die under medical care because, well, people die. Media is publishing/broadcasting hyperbole trying to make ordinary events into something horrific. Rather than trying to build a mountain out of a mole hill, build the wall to prevent these things from happening to begin with. A Barrior (leftists don't like a wall) would save so many more billions of dollars than it would cost to build, and media could get back to actually reporting on real facts and news rather than exaggerating and dramatizing completely normal events. Yes, sad as it is, young children do get sick and die even with the best medical care.

art3250
art3250

You will never hear from the media that the father denied treatment.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Plain and simple, it's the parents fault for transporting these kids thousands of miles. They are using them as shields and pawns to get across the border into the US. The reason for coming here is to get away from all the crime in their own countries yet they impose that on their children, child abuse bringing them here. No child can walk that far without having a problem, neither can an adult. They had help getting to the border, they need to return them home. The "men" who came are what I consider fighting age and should fight their own govt and not the US. Your methods scream your intentions and personally, I don't want you here unless you do it the legal way. That little guy is with God who will guard and protect him wherein his earthly Father did not.

pat901$aol.com
pat901$aol.com

Boy 8 and Girl 7 were dehydrated because their parents cut water supply so they wouldn't have to stop to 'pee' while in the caravan....

tfort
tfort

God will one day hold us accountable for not protecting the one’s who need protecting the most.