Mexican man dies in ICE custody

Mexican man dies in ICE custody
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A Mexican man died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody Wednesday at a Georgia hospital, the agency announced

Pedro Arriago-Santoya, 44, is the seventh person to die in ICE custody since October. He was detained at the Stewart Detention Facility in Lumpkin, Ga. 


Arriago-Santoya entered ICE custody on April 24, following his release from local criminal custody. ICE said Arriago-Santoya had been arrested on March 30 for public drunkenness and probation violations from a prior disorderly conduct conviction. 

Medical staff at the Piedmont Midtown Medical Center said Arriago-Santoya's primary cause of death was cardio pulmonary arrest.

He also suffered from "multi-organ system failure, endocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy with a low ejection fraction and respiratory failure."

He was taken to the hospital Sunday, a day after complaining to staff at the Stewart Detention Center of abdominal pain. ICE said Arriago-Santoya was "promptly seen" by a nurse practitioner at the detention center and then transferred by ambulance to the Southwest Georgia Regional Hospital, and later brought to Piedmont medical center. 

Arriago-Santoya went into cardiac arrest early Monday, and Piedmont medical staff successfully restored his pulse and oxygen levels. He was then placed on a ventilator, before going into cardiac arrest again Wednesday when he was pronounced dead. 

ICE said Mexican consular representatives have been unable to locate his next of kin to notify. 

In the release, ICE said the agency is "firmly committed to the health and welfare of all those in its custody" and is reviewing of the incident. 

"Fatalities in ICE custody, statistically, are exceedingly rare and occur at a small fraction of the rate of the U.S. detained population as a whole," ICE said.