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Teenager Is Latest Migrant Child To Die In U.S. Custody

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A 16-year-old has become the fifth migrant child since December to die after being apprehended at the U.S. border.

2 1/2-year-old whose family was apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso in April died on May 14 after spending weeks in the hospital with pneumonia and a high fever.

A 16-year-old, Juan de León Gutiérrez, died on April 30 after being apprehended by Border Patrol agents near El Paso on April 19. The Guatemalan Foreign Ministry said Gutiérrez died of complications from an infection in the frontal lobe of his brain.

On Dec. 8, a 7-year-old girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, died of a bacterial infection after being in Border Patrol custody, and an 8-year-old boy, Felipe Gómez Alonzo, died of flu and infection while in CBP custody on Christmas Eve.

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