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Texas investigates migrant child's death after US detention

AFP  |  Miami 

officials are investigating the reported death of a migrant child who had been held recently at a US detention center under allegedly "unsanitary conditions."

State health and human services officials told AFP they had opened an investigation into the allegations, which first surfaced earlier this month.

The probe began Thursday after representatives for the family shared the child's name -- which remains confidential -- to the authorities.

The mother's attorneys said they disclosed information about "a small child who tragically died after being detained by (US and Customs Enforcement, or ICE) in unsanitary conditions." "We currently are assessing the case and have no further comments," the firm added in a statement.

ICE said it was cooperating with the investigation.

Neither authorities nor attorneys provided details such as the child's gender, nationality or cause of death.

The firm only indicated that the child had been detained at a facility in Dilley, southern -- one of three ICE centers that house families.

Controversy over the rumored death erupted this week after The first reported the allegations on August 1.

Family centers house children only if they are part of a family unit.

In July, the three detention centers of this type held a total of 1,437 detainees. The total number of immigrants detained in all ICE facilities in the amounted to 44,210 on July 16.

A "zero tolerance" policy implemented earlier this year by Donald Trump's administration, and since reversed, greatly increased arrests on the US-border.

It caused at one point more than 2,300 children to be detained without their parents, who were prosecuted for crossing the border even if they did so to seek asylum.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 04:55 IST
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