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Members of Congress want answers on death of Guatemalan girl

KOB Web Staff
December 18, 2018 07:44 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today dozens of Congress members are heading to the border, demanding answers on the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who passed away while in border patrol custody.

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Among the 35 lawmakers who will tour the facility where Jakelin Caal died earlier this month are New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Congresswoman-elect Xochitl Torres-Small.

They had requested to speak with border patrol agents during their visit, but that request was denied. Instead, they will visit with the inspector general who is leading the investigation into Caal's death.

Officials say Caal became ill shortly after crossing the border illegally. There are claims that she had not been given food or water for days after being taken into custody but those claims are being denied.

Shortly before her death, officials say her father signed a form saying she was in good health, but there are questions on whether he fully understood the questions and whether it would have made a difference in saving her life.

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