Some US lawmakers have called for a probe into the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl at a US Border Patrol detention center in Lordsburg, New Mexico earlier this month.
Jakelin Caal Maquin, who had traveled with her father to the US from a rural area in Guatemala’s impoverished Alta Verapaz region, died of dehydration while in US custody.
The girl and her father had been detained by US immigration authorities on December 6 as part of a group of 163 people who approached US agents to turn themselves in.
Early on December 7, the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees Fahrenheit (40.9 degrees Celsius). She was then taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead the day after.
According to US government officials, Jakelin had not had anything to eat or drink for days, but lawyers for her family have disputed the claim.
A group of lawmakers visiting the same area on Tuesday…