Timeline leading up to the death of the migrant Guatemalan boy

Immigration

The death of an 8-year-old migrant boy from Guatemala is once again raising several questions into how U.S. Customs and Border Protection care for the minors in its custody.

Along with carrying out some immediate actions, CBP also offered a timeline in the death of Felipe Alonzo-Gomez.

Here is what led up to his death, according to CBP:

  • On December 18, at approximately 1 p.m., an eight year-old child was apprehended with his father at 3.29 miles west of the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas for illegal entry. 
  • Driving distance from that apprehension location to Paso Del Norte Port (PDT) is less than 15 minutes; however, groups may be detained in the field until transportation becomes available.  
  • On December 18, at approximately 4:39 p.m., the father and child were transferred to the PDT processing center. 
  • While detained at PDT, the child and his father were provided hot food, snacks, juice, and water, and the agents logged six welfare checks.
  • On December 20, at noon, the child and his father were transferred to El Paso Border Patrol Station (EPS). 
  • From December 20 to December 22, the child and his father were provided with showers, food, juice, and water, and the agents logged 17 welfare checks. 
  • On December 22, at approximately 11:17 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol transferred the child and father to the Alamogordo Border Patrol Station (ALA) to finalize processing.  The child and his father were transferred because of capacity levels at the El Paso Station. 
  • On December 23, at approximately 1:08 a.m., the child and his father arrived at the Alamogordo Station. 
  • Upon arrival, the child and his father were provided with personal hygiene products and meals, and they received several welfare checks. 
  • On December 24, at about 5:39 a.m., a placement request for the child and his father was e-mailed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations’ family placement inbox.
  • On December 24, at approximately 9 a.m., a processing agent noticed that the child was coughing and appeared to have glossy eyes.
  • On December 24, at approximately 9:30 a.m., based on the agents’ observations, the child and his father were transferred to GCRMC with possible influenza symptoms. 
  • On December 24, at about 11:30 a.m., hospital staff conducted several tests on the child for strep throat.
  • On December 24, at about 12:45 p.m., the child was given a diagnosis of common cold and given Tylenol.
  • On December 24, at about 1:20 p.m., the child was evaluated for release and found to have a 103 degree fever and was held for continued observation.
  • On December 24, at about 2:50 p.m., the child was released from the ER with a prescription for amoxicillin and Ibuprofen. 
  • The child and his father were transported to temporary holding at the Highway 70 checkpoint.  While at the checkpoint, the child and his father were offered and accepted a hot meal.
  • At about 5 p.m., agents provided the child with a dose of the prescribed medication as ordered by the medical staff and agents conducted several welfare checks that evening.
  • On December 24 at 7 p.m., the child appeared to be nauseous and vomited.  Agents were aware of this and helped clean up the vomit. 
  • His father declined further medical assistance as the child had been feeling better.
  • On December 24, at about 10 p.m., the child appeared lethargic and nauseous again. 
  • As no EMT was on-duty, out of caution, agents made the decision to return the child and his father to GCRMC.
  • On December 24, during transportation to the hospital the boy began to vomit and he lost consciousness.
  •  At 11:07 p.m., radio traffic indicated that the agent had arrived at GCRMC where he was met by hospital staff.
  • The GCRMC staff were unable to revive the child and pronounced him deceased at 11:48 p.m. on December 24, 2018.
  • The child’s body will be transported to Alamogordo Funeral Home pending transfer to Albuquerque for autopsy.
  • The Guatemalan Consulate was contacted at 7:40 a.m. on December 25, 2018. The father is currently detained at the Alamogordo Station pending transfer to ICE ERO.  He has spoken to his spouse in Guatemala and the Guatemalan Consulate. 

This was the second migrant child death in December. The first was a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl named Jakelin Caal.

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