Father says migrant child who died was not sick before detention

The father of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody this week says that his son was not sick before they were detained at the border.

Agustin Gomez said his son was not sick when they were detained on Dec. 18, the Guatemalan consul in Phoenix told The Associated Press.

Gomez told the consul the boy showed no symptoms before falling sick on Dec. 24.


Gomez’s son, Felipe Gomez Alonzo, has been identified as the young boy who died in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody on Christmas. Felipe is the second migrant child to die in U.S. custody this month.

The child was diagnosed with a cold when he was hospitalized on Monday, CBP said in a release about the death. He was released from the hospital Monday afternoon but returned with symptoms of nausea and vomiting before dying.

The agency has ordered secondary medical checks on all children in its custody following the 8-year-old’s death.