Autopsy report: Detained Guatemalan girl died of ‘rapidly progressive’ infection


The 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant who died in Border Patrol custody last year faced a “rapidly progressive” bacterial infection, an autopsy report obtained by KTSM reveals.

As KTSM previously reported, Jakelin Caal and her father were apprehended with a large group of undocumented immigrants near Lordsburg on Dec. 6.

While in custody, Caal began vomiting and had a fever of 105 degrees. She was flown to an El Paso hospital where she died two days later.

The El Paso County Medical Examiner’s office released the report on Friday, nearly four months after Caal’s death.

According to the report, examiners found Streptococcus bacteria in Caal’s adrenal gland, lungs, spleen, and liver, leading to the failure of multiple organs.

Investigators also found Hemorrhaging and acute inflammation, or pneumonia, in her lungs.

According to the report, Caal’s body was also tested for the flu, Parainfluenza, respiratory syncytial, and adenovirus viruses, which all came back negative.

“The manner of death is natural,” the report states.

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