House Dems Call For Preservation Of Evidence In Two Children Border Deaths

People attend a vigil in memory of Jakelin Caal a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died while in U.S. Border Patrol custody. Los Angeles, California on December 17, 2018. Jakelin Caal and her dad were part of a group of migrants who crossed illegally from Mexico into the United States and turned themselves in to Border Patrol. Shortly after being taken into custody, Caal began having seizures and went into cardiac arrest and later died.  (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto)
People attend a vigil in memory of Jakelin Caal a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died while in U.S. Border Patrol custody. Los Angeles, California on December 17, 2018. Jakelin Caal and her dad were part of a group o... People attend a vigil in memory of Jakelin Caal a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died while in U.S. Border Patrol custody. Los Angeles, California on December 17, 2018. Jakelin Caal and her dad were part of a group of migrants who crossed illegally from Mexico into the United States and turned themselves in to Border Patrol. Shortly after being taken into custody, Caal began having seizures and went into cardiac arrest and later died. (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images) MORE LESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Democrats, preparing to take control of key committees early next year, have called for the preservation of all evidence related to the two child deaths in Customs and Border Protection custody.

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died Monday at a New Mexico hospital after suffering coughing, vomiting and fever, authorities said. It was the second such death this month.

The incoming committee chairs said in a statement that “our Committees in the House of Representatives will hold hearings and conduct oversight of the two deaths that occurred earlier this month, as well as the conditions under which thousands of children are being held …”

They said the evidence includes “medical records, logs of health and welfare checks, and surveillance videos” at the holding facilities and processing centers.

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