Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7 and her father were seeking asylum in the U.S. and were among a large group of migrants arrested Dec. 6 near a remote border crossing in New Mexico. Hours after they were placed on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station, but Jakelin began vomiting and eventually stopped breathing.
Jakelin had a 105.9-degree temperature and was revived twice before getting a med-flight to a hospital. She later died at a Texas hospital.
Border Patrol officials on Friday said agents did everything they could to save her. The agents added that an initial screening showed no evidence of problems, and that her father had signed a form indicating she was in good health.
However, her family disputes the form, which was in English. The family says her father doesn't speak or read English. He communicated with border agents in Spanish but he primarily speaks the Mayan Q'eqchi' language.
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