The mother of a Guatemalan boy, who has died in US detention, says his child was not sick when he left his country with his father, contradicting US officials’ account of the death.
Speaking to The Associated Press on Saturday, Catarina Alonzo, the mother of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez, said, her son reported he was well every time he and his dad called home during their journey to the US.
She said the last time she talked to Felipe he was in Mexico at the US border without any health-related problem.
However, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the boy, who died early on Tuesday in Alamogordo, New Mexico, was suffering from the flu.
The boy showed “signs of potential illness” Monday and was rushed to a hospital in Alamogordo, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the agency.
He was the second migrant child this month to die in US custody after crossing the border.
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