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Unaccompanied Honduran Migrant Teen Dies in U.S. Custody

HeadlineMay 15, 2023

In immigration news, government officials confirmed Friday a 17-year-old unaccompanied migrant teen died at a U.S. Health and Human Services facility in Florida earlier this month. Ángel Eduardo Maradiaga Espinoza, who was from Honduras, was found unconscious and later pronounced dead at a local hospital. The Honduran government is demanding an investigation into his death. Meanwhile, the teen’s mother says she’s received no information about the cause of death. Espinoza reportedly had epilepsy.

CBS News reports this is the second death of an unaccompanied migrant child under the Biden administration. A 4-year-old child from Honduras died in March in HHS custody after being hospitalized for cardiac arrest. That death was not previously reported by government officials.

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