Eight-year-old Felipe Alonso Gomez is now the second minor to die under Government custody this month, and left some people in Alamogordo shocked.
“It’s really heart-breaking especially on this day of the year Christmas,” Resident Julio Mendoza told KTSM.
Felipe and his father were taken to Gerald Champion Medical Center after an agent noticed the boy was ill. He was first diagnosed with a cold and later with a fever. Felipe was released, and prescribed with antibiotics as well as pain-killers. His symptoms worsened and was then taken back into the medical center where he died early Christmas morning.
“I do believe that some things could’ve been done differently Add more checks close and stuff like that for the medical center could’ve been observed better I don’t know the entire circumstances of the story from the sounds of it and what I’ve heard so far I believe that things could’ve been handled differently,” Resident Jose Delgado shared.
With the cause of the death still unknown, members of Congress want answers to a larger problem.
“Yet again these tragedies are happening because Congress and the administration have not adequately provided the resources both in personnel and infrastructure to adequately take these folks in,” El Paso Congresswoman-Elect Veronica Escobar said.
CBP said there will be an independent and thorough investigation of the events.