NBC News identifies Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin as the 7-year-old girl who died in Border Patrol custody.
Jakelin and her father, who are from Guatemala, were taken into custody when they crossed the US-Mexico border seeking asylum. The little girl died eight hours after being in custody. She died from dehydration and septic shock. She did not receive medical care for 90 minutes.
NBC News confirms this is Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin, the 7 year old girl who died in Border Patrol custody. pic.twitter.com/76BmoQhDEm
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) December 14, 2018
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen came under fire when she callously Jakelin’s family for her death.
#JusticeforJakelin is trending on Twitter:
The pain of dying from dehydration is unimaginable. A little girl died because of this. That could’ve been my daughter. She was wrongfully detained by the U.S. This child’s death was absolutely avoidable and yet people don’t care.
— C.J. Roosevelt 🏴 (@cjroosevelt) December 14, 2018