An eight-year-old migrant child died while in custody of the Biden U.S. Border Patrol facility in Texas after suffering a “medical emergency,” according to reports.
The death marks the second migrant child to die in the Biden administration’s custody this month amid the expiration of Title 42.
On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed an eight-year-old girl suffered a “medical emergency” while in Border Patrol custody with her family, NBC News reported.
Border Patrol officials called an ambulance which transported the girl to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, the CBP said in a statement.
This marks the second death of a migrant child in just one week.
As The Daily Fetched reported last week, a teenage Honduran migrant died while in the custody of the Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services.
The 17-year-old from Olanchito, Honduras, appeared healthy before being turned over to the agency.
The deceased migrant teen was identified as Ángel Eduardo Maradiaga Espinoza, the Associated Press reported.
“He told me he was in a shelter and not to worry because he was in the best hands,” his mother told the AP.
“We only spoke two minutes; I told him goodbye and wished him the best.”
Days later, a person who was the teen’s friend from the shelter called the mother to tell her the devastating news that her child was dead.
He said when he woke up; he found Ángel Eduardo Maradiaga Espinoza dead.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “It is sad news. It is deeply saddening to hear. And we are certainly aware of the tragic loss.” She then dodged any further questions on the matter.
CBP officials have yet to release the eight-year-old girl’s identity, and the little girl’s nationality and her family are unknown.
“Consistent with CBP protocol, the Office of Professional Responsibility is conducting an investigation of the incident,” CBP officials stated.
“The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the Harlingen Police Department were also notified.”