Migrant teenager dies in Texas hospital while in government custody

Immigration
MIGRANT CHILDREN

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A unaccompanied migrant teenager died in Texas while in custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, according to officials. 

The 16-year-old boy died on Tuesday after several days of intensive care in a Texas children’s hospital, a statement from HHS’s Administration for Children and Families’ spokeswoman. The statement did not specify which city the teenager died in. 

His cause of death is not known and is under review.

The minor was taken to a resettlement shelter on April 20 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. He did not show any medical concerns when he arrived at the shelter and was checked by clinicians. 

The next morning he became sick and had fever, chills and a headache so shelter personnel took him to a hospital where he was treated and later released back to the shelter. 

“The minor’s health did not improve after being transferred back to the shelter so on the morning of April 22, 2019 the minor was taken to another hospital emergency department via ambulance,” the statement said. “Later that day the minor was transferred to a children’s hospital in Texas and was treated for several days in the hospital’s intensive care unit.”

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