Woman gives birth to stillborn while in immigration custody: AP

Woman gives birth to stillborn while in immigration custody: AP
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A 24-year-old Honduran woman delivered a stillborn baby while in Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] custody last week, officials have confirmed to the Associated Press on Monday.

The woman, who has not publicly been identified, was approximately six months pregnant when she went into premature labor. She reportedly delivered the stillborn boy on Friday a day after she was released from a different hospitalization. 

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The woman complained of stomach discomfort before she went into labor. Officials reportedly called an ambulance, but the woman delivered the stillborn baby before it could take her to a hospital.

A stillbirth is not considered by the government as an in-custody death.

In total, the woman spent four days in custody.

The report comes after a 45-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico died in Customs and Border Protection custody earlier this month. And in December, two migrant children, ages 7 and 8, died in federal custody after crossing the border into the U.S.

The deaths were widely condemned, and prompted the Department of Homeland Security to begin conducting secondary medical checks on children in the agency’s custody.