U.S. officials acknowledged Wednesday that a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador died in U.S. custody last year.
The previously unreported case is the sixth death of a child in custody in the past year.
Mark Weber, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said the girl died Sept. 29, 2018, at an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital of fever and respiratory distress.
He said U.S. officials had been caring for the unnamed child since March because she was “medically fragile,” with a history of congenital heart defects.
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HHS routinely provides care to children the government considers unaccompanied. Weber did not …read more