- The 7-year-old migrant girl who died in Border Patrol custody last week has been identified as Jakelin Caal Maquin, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
- A CBP timeline showed she couldn’t access emergency medical care until roughly 90 minutes after she began showing symptoms.
- According to CBP, agents first became aware of the girl’s symptoms during a bus ride to a Border Patrol station.
- Emergency medical workers began providing care once the bus arrived, 90 minutes later, CBP said.
The 7-year-old migrant girl who died in Border Patrol custody last week has been identified as Jakelin Caal Maquin. She couldn’t access emergency medical care until roughly 90 minutes after she began showing symptoms, according to a Customs and Border Protection timeline.
Jakelin died December 8, shortly after she and her father were apprehended while illegally crossing into a remote area of the desert in New Mexico as part of a group of 163 migrants.
According to CBP, Border Patrol agents first became aware of the girl’s symptoms during a bus ride to the Lordsburg Border Patrol station around 5 a.m. on December 7, when her father said she was sick and vomiting.
“At this time, the Agents notified the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station to prepare to receive the child and provide emergency medical care,” CBP’s timeline said. “Due to the remoteness of the area, meeting emergency medical personnel in Lordsburg was the best means to provide the child with emergency care.”
NBC News confirms this is Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin, the 7 year old girl who died in Border Patrol custody. pic.twitter.com/76BmoQhDEm
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) December 14, 2018
CBP said the bus arrived at the station just before 6:30 a.m., when Jakelin’s father said she wasn’t breathing.
“A Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician began to provide medical care and revived the child twice. It was determined at this time that she had a temperature of 105.7 degrees,” CBP’s timeline said.
According to CBP, Jakelin was airlifted to a children’s hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she died less than 24 hours later.
The Department of Homeland Security and its secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, drew backlash on Friday after appearing to blame Jakelin’s death on the family members who brought her across the US-Mexico border.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends” early Friday morning, Nielsen told the hosts that the girl’s death “is just a very sad example of the dangers of this journey” migrants take.
“This family chose to cross illegally,” she said. “What happened here was that they were about 90 miles away from where we could process them. They came in such a large crowd that it took our Border Patrol folks a couple of times to get them all.”
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