Father Of Girl Who Died In CBP Custody Says Agents Did Everything They Could

The father of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, who died in US custody, said he has no complaints over border treatment

El Paso, TX – The father of a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl who died after she was detained by US Customs and Border Patrol said he has “no complaints” about how the federal agents treated him and his daughter.

Guatemalan Consul Tekandi Paniagua told CNN that the 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 cause of death has not been determined, according to CNN.

Despite no cause of death being released by the medical examiner, media outlets have been reporting on speculation about her death. These reports have been further pushed by politicians.

The 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.

The lawyers for the family called for an investigation into her death and said the family would cooperate.

The lawyers criticized the border authorities for asking Caal to sign a form written in English about the state of his daughter’s health not long after they arrived at the border, according to CNN.

At that point, the daughter showed no health problems.

The father doesn’t speak English and his primary language is Q'eqchi'.

The lawyers also disputed a report that Jakelin had not eaten or had any water for several days while crossing before the border patrol took her into custody, CNN reported.

"Jakelin's father took care of Jakelin -- made sure she was fed and had sufficient water," the statement said, according to CNN. "She had not suffered from a lack of water or food prior to approaching the border."

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jinx73
jinx73

lawyers ?? lawsuit??

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I heard on Face the Nation that the "coyotes" brought them here. It is ultimately the parents responsibility to keep their little ones safe. Hauling them thousands of miles in the deserts and the death of them is the fault of the parents. The coyotes make thousands of dollars hauling them to the border crossings and then abandon them. Who is really at fault here, certainly not the US Border Patrol.

The media needs to stop spewing out this hateful garbage about what the US is doing to stop the thousands from illegally crossing and deal with the truth if that is at all possible. The US has become an ATM to the world and it's inner criminal population. Lets stop that. That's all that's wanted anyway and the one who dies gains NOTHING from the lotto payouts.

Shillelagh
Shillelagh

I hope they are doing DNA tests to determine first if this man is truly her father!

ILoveBlue
ILoveBlue

So Sad that a parent would put a child in such danger. The Border Patrol speak Spanish, the Father knew what he signed.

jakesj40
jakesj40

Wake up Schumer and Harris, what about all the Veterans in your states who wait months to be treated or even see a doctor, what about all the homeless in your cities and towns, how about being concerned about citizens who need assistance.

LEO030
LEO030

The father is responsible for his daughter's death, not anyone who tried to save the little girls life. He alone put his child in a dangerous situation. For our politicians to try to make this political is sick and shows what is truly important to them...making headlines.

Katarina
Katarina

The father was grateful for efforts made by CBP and the medical asstance. He was not upset with anyone at all. . . .but a shyster lawyer hasn't gotten to him to change his mind yet. After all, lawyers take 1/3 to 1/2 of any monetary settlement. Can't let an opportunity like that fly away. Watch!

Gary51m
Gary51m

Schumer, you are such a worthless dousch.