Jakelin was one of two children to die in Border Patrol custody in December [Jeff Abbott/Al Jazeera]
An autopsy has found that a seven-year-old indigenous girl from Guatemala died of a bacterial infection while detained by the US Border Patrol, in a case that drew worldwide attention to the plight of migrant families detained at the southern US border.
The El Paso County Medical Examiner’s office released a report Friday of its findings in the death of Jakelin Caal Maquin. Jakelin died on December 8, just over a day after she was apprehended by Border Patrol agents with her father.
The report says traces of streptococcus bacteria were found in Jakelin’s lungs, adrenal gland, liver, and spleen.
The autopsy says she faced a