FILE - This Dec. 12, 2018 file photo provided by Catarina Gomez shows her stepbrother Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, near her home in Yalambojoch, Guatemala. An autopsy report confirmed Wednesday, April 3, 2019, that Gomez Alonzo, an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol on Christmas Eve, succumbed to a flu infection — one of two deaths of Central American children in December that drew attention to the plight of migrant families at the southern border. (Catarina Gomez via AP, File)

Autopsy: Migrant boy who died in US had flu infection

April 04, 2019 - 12:38 am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An autopsy report has confirmed that an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol on Christmas Eve succumbed to a flu infection — one of two deaths of Central American children in December that raised concerns about the government's ability to care for minors at the southern border.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Examiner released its autopsy findings Wednesday for Felipe Gomez Alonzo two days after Guatemalan authorities said they had received a copy of the report disclosing the boy had a rapid, progressive infection that led to organ failure.

An autopsy released last week for 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, the other Guatemalan child who died, showed she also had a bacterial infection that quickly led to sepsis and organ failure.

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