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Migrant Child Dies in US Custody; 4th Since December

The boy remained hospitalized for about a month before dying Tuesday

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    Migrant Child Dies in US Custody; 4th Since December
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    FILE - In this March 2, 2019 file photo, a razor-wire-covered border wall separates the United States, at left, from Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz.

    A Guatemalan official says a 2½-year-old migrant child has died after crossing the border, becoming the fourth minor known to have died after being detained by the Border Patrol since December.

    Tekandi Paniagua, the consul for Guatemala in Del Rio, Texas, said Wednesday that the boy had entered the United States with his parent at El Paso, Texas, in early April. Paniagua said the boy had a high fever and difficulty breathing, and authorities took him to a children's hospital where he was diagnosed with pneumonia.

    The boy remained hospitalized for about a month before dying Tuesday. The Washington Post first reported his death.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection didn't respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

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    Advocates have long questioned the Border Patrol's ability to care for the thousands of parents and children in its custody. The agency says it's overwhelmed by the surge of migrant families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.