By Steve Neavling
A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died while in Border Patrol custody after she and her father were taken into custody for crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities confirmed Thursday.
The girl died of dehydration and shock a day after she was arrested by Borer Patrol agents near Lordsburg, N.M., The Washington Post reports.
The CBP said the girl began having seizures after being in custody for more than eight hours and had a body temperature of 105.7 degrees. She died at a hospital in El Paso.
In a statement, CBP said she “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.”
CBP typically provides food and water to migrants, but it wasn’t clear if that happened in this case.
“Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the child,” CBP spokesman Andrew Meehan said in a statement to The Washington Post.