A 16-year-old immigrant boy died in US custody

Vastavam web: A 16-YEAR-OLD MIGRANT boy died in government custody in Texas on Tuesday, an official said.

The child, an unaccompanied minor, was transferred from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody to an Office of Refugee Resettlement shelter on April 20, where he did not initially show signs of any health concerns, Evelyn Stauffer, spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, said.

The boy, however, fell ill a day later with a fever, chills and headache, Stauffer said. The shelter’s staff took the boy to the hospital, but he was treated and released later that day.

“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,” Stauffer 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.”

Stauffer said the child’s brother – also a minor – and Guatemalan consular officials were able to visit him while he was in the hospital. He died Tuesday in the intensive care unit. Stauffer, who did not identify the boy by name, said the death is under review.