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Mother Says Agents Denied Medical Care to 8-Year-Old Girl Who Died in CBP Custody

HeadlineMay 23, 2023

More details have emerged on the death of an 8-year-old migrant girl from Panama in the custody of Customs and Border Protection last week. Anadith Tanay Reyes Álvarez suffered from a congenital heart condition and sickle cell anemia, according to her family. Reyes, her parents and siblings were detained in Texas for over a week. While in custody, Reyes became sick with influenza. She later appeared to have a seizure and had difficulties breathing. It wasn’t until her body went limp and she began bleeding from the mouth that border agents took her to a local hospital, where the girl was pronounced dead less than an hour after arriving. Her mother, Mabel Álvarez, told the Associated Press, “She cried and begged for her life and they ignored her. They didn’t do anything for her.”

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