Migrant boy, 8, dies after being detained in government custody

Kirstjen Nielsen at the White House in Washington on Oct. 12 2017. Bloomberg

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen plans to visit immigration facilities on the U.S. -Mexico border on Friday after this month's deaths of two migrant children in U.S. custody.

All children in Border Patrol custody have been given a "thorough medical screening" and, moving forward, all children will receive "a more thorough hands on assessment" as soon as possible after being apprehended, whether or not the adult with them asks for one, Nielsen said in a statement. "We're doing dozens of hospital trips every single day with children that have fevers or manifest other medical conditions".

Alonzo was released with prescriptions for ibuprofen and an antibiotic, and taken with his dad, Agustin Gomez, to a holding facility at a highway checkpoint.

He returned to the hospital on Monday evening after he began vomiting and died there just hours later, the statement added.

After the 8-year-old boy's death, the agency said in a statement late Tuesday that Border Patrol would now conduct "secondary medical checks" on all children in custody, with a focus on children under the age of 10.

Before Jakelin's death, no child had died in CBP custody in more than a decade, a Department of Homeland Security official said.

US House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called on Wednesday for the DHS internal watchdog, the Inspector General's office, to investigate Gomez's death.

DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said earlier in the week that Nielsen was scheduled to tour multiple stations and substations, and was also scheduled to meet with emergency medical technicians and medical professionals, as well as local officials.

She was said to have had a body temperature of 105.7F (40.9C).

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Padilla says Agustin Gomez told him Felipe wasn't sick when they were detained at the U.S. -Mexico border on December 18 or in the five days to follow. "On behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, our deepest sympathies go out to the family".

Influenza B is among the viruses that cause seasonal epidemics most winters in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The boy, identified by Guatemalan authorities as Felipe Gomez Alonzo, had been in CBP's custody with his father, Agustin Gomez, since December 18.

In the case of Alonzo-Gomez, it is unclear where he contracted a cold that led to his death.

It was the second death of a child in the agency's care this month.

Gomez fell ill after being detained near the United States border with Mexico with his father.

"This is an extraordinarily rare occurrence", McAleenan said to CBS This Morning of the recent child deaths.

Felipe's death came on the same day that Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who recently died in United States custody under similar circumstances, was buried in the remote village of San Antonio Secortez.

The agency did not say how many children are now under its care. He was hospitalised twice that day before dying, the agency said. "Instead of immediately acting to keep children and all of us safe along our border, this administration forced a government shutdown over a wall".

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