Second child dies at Mexico-US border

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The 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died this week in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection had the flu, a New Mexico medical examiner said. He was later released after being diagnosed with a common cold and fever.

Amoxicillin is a commonly prescribed antibiotic.

"The cause of death of the minor is still being investigated and the medical records have been requested in order to help clarify the cause of death", the statement said.

Marta Larra, a spokeswoman from the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry, said the government expected to receive the official results of the autopsy in roughly a month, and that Gomez's body would probably be returned to the country in about 2 weeks. Holding conditions for illegal immigrants caught trying to cross the border into the United States have been under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks, dating back to the death of a 7-year-old girl who died in USA custody after the 2,000 mile journey from Central America.

Feinstein, the highest ranking Democrat on the committee, called the deaths of the children "heartbreaking incidents" and said the Judiciary Committee is "uniquely situated to examine these issues".

Felipe Gomez Alonzo was the second Guatemalan child to die this month while being held by United States authorities, sparking outrage from immigration advocates.

"It is tragic, and unacceptable, that children are dying in USA custody, regardless where they come from or why".

It had been more than a decade since a child died in CBP custody, she added. "We need to budget for medical care and mental health care for children in our facilities".

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It is the second instance this month of a migrant child dying after being detained by United States border agents.

She said: 'Lots of them have gone with children and managed to cross, even if they're held for a month or two.

Opposition Democrats reacted to Gomez's death by accusing Trump - who has made hardline immigration policies a central plank of his presidency - of demonizing migrants for political gain.

In response, critics immediately demanded to know why it took at least two deaths in a single month for CBP to order such basic medical examinations-and why young children are being detained in the first place.

US Customs and Border Protection says the next day, Felipe was sent to a hospital after a border agent noticed the child was coughing and had "glossy eyes".

8 at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, after being detained with her father near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in New Mexico.

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in government custody late Christmas Eve tested positive for influenza B, although the exact cause of death is still unknown, according to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.

"The Trump administration must be held accountable for this child's death and all the lives they have put in danger with their intentional chaos and disregard for human life", Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico tweeted.

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