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24-8-2019 16:23:34

A 6-month-old baby girl is in critical condition after being apprehended by US border agents near the Rio Grande

A 6-month-old baby girl is in critical condition at a children’s hospital in Corpus Christi after she and her father crossed the Rio Grande into Texas on Thursday and were apprehended by US Border Patrol agents. A spokesperson for the US Customs and Border Protection told Insider in a statement on a potential death in custody that the baby and her father were first apprehended three miles west of the Roma, Texas Port of Entry at 1:30 AM, and medical staff at a processing center determined the girl needed hospital care at 9:20 AM. CBP officers first transported the baby and her father to a regional children’s hospital in Edinburg, Texas, after which she was transported to the Driscoll Children’s Hospital via medivac helicopter, and her father was driven there to join her by CBP officers. Five migrant children have died in federal custody in recent months, including a 16-year-old boy who was found dead after contracting influenza at the same processing center the 6-month-old and her father were transported to on Thursday. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US Customs and Border Protection agency provided a statement to Insider on another potential death in custody of a migrant child after a 6-month-old baby girl was transported by helicopter to a children’s hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is currently in critical condition. A spokesperson for CBP told Insider in the statement that US Border Patrol agents encountered the child with her father along with a group of 21 people at 1:30 AM on Thursday, when they were apprehended after crossing the Rio Grande into the US three miles west of the port of entry in Roma, Texas. Border Patrol agents transported the baby girl and her father to a central processing center in McAllen, Texas, and at 9:20 AM, medical staff assessed that the girl needed hospital care for reasons that were unspecified. At 9:40 AM on Thursday, the baby and her father were transported by CBP officers to a regional children’s hospital in Edinburg. Read more: Border Patrol has never vaccinated the migrant children it apprehends. Doctors say it’s time for that to change. Then, medical authorities transferred the 6-month-old girl to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi by a medivac helicopter. “Since there was no more space in the helicopter, CBP officers drove the child’s father to the hospital to be with his daughter where she continues to receive medical care,” the statement to Insider reads. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the young girl and her father during this difficult time.” In recent months, five migrant children have died in federal custody, with a sixth child dying in May after being released and spending weeks in an El Paso, Texas children’s hospital. The Rio Grande Valley Sector’s Central Processing Center where the 6-month-old girl and her father were transported to on Thursday is the largest processing facility in the US, and has been the site of influenza outbreaks this year, including one that killed a 16-year-old boy.Read more: Drivers in Idaho keep harassing busloads of immigrants’ children on their way to pre-school More than 900 migrant children have been split from their parents since Trump formally ended family separations last year Justin Bieber tweeted at Donald Trump asking him to free migrant children: ‘Can you also let those kids out of cages?’ A 4-month-old baby was separated from his parents at the border last year and still can’t walk or speak. Experts say he could grow up with trauma he has no memory of experiencing. The post A 6-month-old baby girl is in critical condition after being apprehended by US border agents near the Rio Grande appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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