Medical checks ordered after 2nd death of immigrant child

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection medical checks on children on its custody after the 2nd death of an immigrant child in one month.

The 8-year-old boy Felipe Gómez Alonzo died on Monday just before midnight after spending an entire week in CBP's custody along with his father, Augustin Gomez. An agent noticed that the boy had a cough and "glossy eyes" around 9 a.m. He then suffered a 103 degrees and was prescribed Amoxicillin and Ibuprofen. A t about 10 p.m. the boy appeared lethargic and nauseous. He was taken to the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center where he died at 11:48 p.m. Monday.

The agency's guidelines say that immigrants should not be detained for more than 72 hours in the CBP facilities which are small and have fewer facilities.