In December of 2018, two separate incidents involving Guatemalan children and their deaths while in US custody sparked international outrage. Firstly, there is the story of Jakelin Caal Maquin, a 7-year-old girl, who died from sepsis a mere two days after she and her father were apprehended by US officials. Conflicting reports of her last hours come from both parties: US officials maintain she was in good health and her father claims she was ill, further claiming he had brought up her illness to CBP officers before they began a 90-minute bus ride that culminated in her death.
Lastly, there is the story of Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, an 8-year-old boy, who died of influenza after being misdiagnosed. On December 18th, Alonzo-Gomez and his father were detained by CBP officials and transported to a number of different detention sites over the next week. On Christmas Eve, he began showing symptoms of an illness and the doctors he saw were unable to correctly identify it as the flu. He was then shuttled around for a few more hours before he lost consciousness and died.