El Paso CBP officers save life of Guatemalan infant a day after Jakelin Caal died

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A Guatemalan infant girl was saved by El Paso-based CBP officers earlier this month, according to a news release.

The incident happened on Dec. 9 at the Paso Del Norte port of entry.

“A Guatemalan infant is alive and well today because of the quick lifesaving actions of a pair of El Paso Field Office CBP officers,” the news release read.

An 11-month-old was being fed by her mother when she began choking. Officers saw her skin was turning purple and one began to use the Heimlich maneuver, the CBP release said.

After about 30 second, the baby began coughing and breathing normally again. 

The baby was part of a “detained credible fear family unit,” the release said.

This happened a day after 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin died while in CBP custody. The Guatemalan girl arrived on Dec. 6 and became ill while being transferred. Officials said she died on Dec. 8 from sepsis shock.

Her death has become a lightning rod of controversy in the last week. Department of Homeland Security officials have said she went days without food and water, but her father Nery Gilberto Caal Cruz disputes that claim.

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