Toddler apprehended at US-Mexico border dies in El Paso hospital


A 2-year-old boy who was apprehended at the US-Mexico border died at an El Paso hospital on Tuesday night, a report said.

The unidentified toddler was traveling with his mother when they were taken into custody at a border crossing, The Washington Post reported, citing the Guatemalan Consulate.

The boy appeared to have developed a form of pneumonia but the cause of death remains under investigation, a representative from the Consulate told the paper.

He died after spending “several weeks” in the hospital.

The death is the fourth incident since December of a child perishing after making the treacherous journey and being apprehended at the border.

All four child deaths were migrants traveling from the drug and gang-infested Central American country of Guatemala.

“We have reiterated the message that trips to the United States, in the condition in which the Guatemalan families are undertaking them, is highly dangerous,” Guatemala’s Consul Tekandi Paniagua said in a statement.

“We’ve seen four cases in a row of children who have lost their lives in this way.”