Father of Guatemalan girl who died in U.S. custody has ‘no complaints’ about her treatment

Father of Guatemalan girl who died in U.S. custody has ‘no complaints’ about her treatment
Jakelin Caal Maquin (Image: Family photo via CNN)

[Ed. – So the only ones complaining about this tragedy are the mainstream media, who stubbornly refuse to acknowledge that this child went without water or food for several days and had a dangerously high temperature at the time she was picked up by the border patrol.]

The father of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died after being detained by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said he has “no complaints about how Border Patrol agents treated him and his daughter,” Guatemalan Consul Tekandi Paniagua told CNN on Saturday.

The consul said the father, Nery Gilberto Caal, told him agents did everything they possibly could to help his daughter, Jakelin Caal Maquin, after she became sick on a a bus. The bus traveled from the Antelope Wells port of entry in New Mexico to a Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, New Mexico, about 90 minutes away.

She died December 8 in a hospital in El Paso, Texas, authorities said. The cause of death has not been determined.

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Caal did not speak to the media Saturday, but in a statement issued by his lawyers, he said he was “grateful for the many first responders that tried to save young Jakelin’s life in New Mexico and Texas.”

Still, his lawyers called for an investigation that “will assess this incident within nationally recognized standards for the arrest and custody of children. The family intends to assist in such an investigation into the cause and circumstances of Jakelin’s death.”

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