Body of girl who died at US border returns to Guatemala

1 year 9 months 20 hours ago Sunday, December 23 2018 Dec 23, 2018 December 23, 2018 3:25 PM December 23, 2018 in News - AP Texas Headlines

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - The body of a 7-year-old girl who died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol has arrived in her native Guatemala.

Jakelin Caal's cadaver was flown to Guatemala City's international airport Sunday afternoon and received by representatives of the country's Foreign Ministry.

No family members were on hand, but the body was to be driven by hearse to the department of Alta Verapaz to be handed over to relatives for mourning.

Caal and her father were traveling with a group of 163 migrants who arrived at the New Mexico border earlier this month. After they were in custody, the girl's father told an agent she was sick and vomiting.

She was ultimately flown to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she died the following day.

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