While in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, a Guatemalan toddler died of severe respiratory infection, alleges a lawsuit made by her mother. She “went woefully under-treated for nearly a month,” alleges the claims.
According to the Week, Yazmin Juarez, 20, sought asylum in the United States with her 18 year-old daughter Mariee, and was taken into ICE custody. They were held in the South Texas Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, for about three weeks. Mariee began to suffer respiratory issues, in addition to vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss. Juarez attempted for weeks to obtain medical help for her daughter. However, the prescriptions were ineffective and did not cure Mariee of her illness.
Juarez and her daughter were released and flew to New Jersey to stay with Juarez’s mother. They took Mariee to the hospital the next day where she was hospitalized for respiratory failure for six weeks. Despite seeking treatment, Mariee succumbed to her illness and died on May 10.
“A mother lost her little girl because ICE and those running the Dilley immigration prison failed them inexcusably,” said a statement from the Juarez family’s attorneys.
There is a case being investigated by child welfare officials in Texas, which may in fact involve Mariee. However, details of the child involved in that case have not been released.
ICE told CNN it is “committed to ensuring the welfare of all those in the agency’s custody, including providing access to necessary and appropriate medical care.”
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