A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. Border Patrol custody, the girl who has crossed the US-Mexico border with her father last week suffered from dehydration and shock, hours after she was detained.
was arrested by agents near Lordsburg, N.M. The girl was from Guatemala and traveling with a group of 163 people who approached agents to turn themselves in on Dec. 6.
the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, she was airlifted to the Providence Children's Hospital in El Paso.
She went into cardiac arrest and was revived by medics but the girl couldn't recover and died less than 24 hours later.
"Due to patient confidentiality, the hospital is unable to provide any patient information and is referring any inquiries regarding this patient to CBP," said Monique Poessiger, a hospital spokeswoman.
The names of the girl and her father were not released. The agency, which typically provides food and water to migrants in its custody, is investigating the incident to ensure whether appropriate policies were followed.
an autopsy will be performed to know the cause of her death but results would not be released any soon.