A 2 1/2-year-old boy from Guatemala has reportedly died after he was apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday, making him the fourth child to die after a border apprehension since December.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that the boy had been hospitalized for weeks before his death.
Guatemala’s Consul Tekandi Paniaguaand told the Post that the toddler was in U.S. custody for three days and appeared to have contracted pneumonia, but that his death is still under investigation.
An anonymous Customs and Border Protection official told the newspaper that CBP apprehended the boy and his mother on April 3 and that on April 6, she told officials he had become ill.
The agent reportedly said that he was taken to Providence Hospital in Horizon City, Texas, that day and moved to Providence Children’s Hospital in El Paso, Texas, a day later.
The toddler is now the fourth child to die after a border apprehension since December, the Post reported. All of the children were from Guatemala.
“We have reiterated the message that trips to the United States, in the condition in which the Guatemalan families are undertaking them, is highly dangerous,” Paniagua told The Post in a statement. “We’ve seen four cases in a row of children who have lost their lives in this way.”