Fifth migrant child dies after being detained by US border patrol

Associated Press - The Guardian

A sixteen year-old boy from Guatemala has died in US custody, the fifth child to die in migrant detention in the US since December, according to this article from the Guardian. The boy had arrived to the US unaccompanied and, as such, federal law required that he be placed in the care of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within 72 hours of determining that he was unaccompanied. However, he was detained for a week by the Department of Homeland Security where he died of unknown causes. 

"The border patrol has faced months of scrutiny over its care of children it apprehends at the border. A two-year-old child died last week after he and his mother were detained by the border patrol. On 30 April, a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died after officials at an HHS detention facility noticed that he was sick. He was hospitalized in intensive care for several days before his death. After the deaths of two children aged seven and eight in December, DHS ordered medical checks of all children in its custody and expanded medical screenings."