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By Dennis Romero and Anthony Cusumano
A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in custody for US customs and border protection was subjected to "a rapid progressive infection", who closed his vital organs, the medical examiner in El Paso County, Texas, concluded in a statement released Friday.
The death of Jakelin Caal Maquin was one of two child deaths at federal immigration facilities in December. Her family said that Caal was well-fed and in good health when she arrived with her father at the border of the New Mexico desert on December 6 with a group of 163 immigrants.
The autopsy report and the final statement signed by the county chief physician examiner, Mario A. Rascon, owed the girls' death on "a rapidly progressive infection with rapid systemic bacterial proliferation and significant clinical impairment … which resulted in more body dysfunction and death. "
The report says medical examiners failed to determine bacteria beyond general streptococci. The official cause of death was natural due to streptococcal sepsis.
In a statement released in mid-December, the US Department of Homeland Security said that it was thought that Caal died of "sepsis shock", but made it clear that immigration officials who came in contact with Caal when she arrived into the country, so "no signs of health problems."
Caal developed a fever of 105.9 degrees, was transferred to a hospital and died early on December 8.  Enrique Moreno, a lawyer for Caal's family, has called for an "objective, thorough and independent investigation" in her death.
At the end of December, CBP announced that all children in custody should undergo secondary medical examination.