SEE: Images where Guatemalan boy, 8, died in US custody

2018-12-28 10:16

The father of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in US custody took his son to the border after hearing rumours that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to United States.

That's according to the boy's stepsister, who spoke to The Associated Press.

Authorities say Felipe Gomez Alonzo died at a New Mexico hospital after suffering from coughing, vomiting and fever.

Another Guatemalan child, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, died in US custody on December 8. Both deaths are under investigation.

Catarina Gomez Lucas, the boy's 21-year-old stepsister, would not say who spread the rumours or who transported the father and son to the border.

They came from a poor community of people who fled Guatemala during that country's civil war.

Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, near her home in Yalambojo
Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, near her home in Yalambojoch, Guatemala. (Catarina Gomez via AP)

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