In a previously unreported case, US officials say a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador died last year after being detained by border authorities. The death marks the sixth known death of a child in US custody in the last year.
The Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that she died on September 29 in Omaha, Nebraska, after being hospitalized for fever and respiratory distress. US officials did not say when she entered the US.
The department spokesperson said the girl was “medically fragile,” with a history of congenital heart defects.