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5th migrant child dies after detention by US Border Patrol

AP  |  Houston 

The says a 16-year-old Guatemalan has died at a in South Texas, the fifth death of a migrant child apprehended by border agents since December.

and identified the teenager as CBP said apprehended the teenager in South Texas' on May 13. He was found to be unresponsive during a welfare check Monday morning.

Carlos was detained for six days at the Border Patrol's processing centre in McAllen, Texas, despite and CBP's guidelines generally requiring the transfer of an unaccompanied youth within three days to a facility operated by the The agency said Carlos was "due for placement" in an HHS facility at the time of his death.

CBP said Carlos reported early Sunday morning that he was not feeling well and diagnosed with the flu.

He was prescribed the medicine Tamiflu, then transferred later Sunday to the at Weslaco, Texas, to prevent his flu from spreading to other detainees. He was not hospitalised.

An who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity said Carlos had last been checked an hour before he was found unresponsive. The FBI is investigating the case.

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

On April 30, a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died after officials at an HHS detention facility noticed that he was sick. He was hospitalised in intensive care for several days before his death.

After the deaths of two children aged 7 and 8 in December, the ordered medical checks of all children in its custody and expanded medical screenings.

John Sanders, the of and Border Protection, said in a statement that his agency was "saddened by the tragic loss of this young man and our condolences are with his family.

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First Published: Tue, May 21 2019. 02:10 IST