Tekandi Paniagua, Guatemala's consul in El Paso, Texas, said the boy had been detained by US migration officials after entering the United States in early April with his mother near the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, opposite El Paso.
The family entered the USA from the border city of Juárez, Mexico, in early April. USA officials say the boy and his family were never even in custody despite agents "releasing" the family on April 8th.
In April alone, the Border Patrol arrested 98,977 migrants for illegal entry, many of whom were families - an increase from the month before.
The child is the fourth child to die while in custody of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
The boy and his family had been arrested by US authorities after crossing the border in El Paso, Texas, several weeks within the past, in accordance with a Customs and Border Safety first fee.
Guatemalan Consul Tekandi Paniagua told NPR that the 2½-year-old boy "had a high fever [and] difficulty breathing". The toddler's mother alerted authorities that he was sick on April 6 and he was taken to a hospital, the official said.
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The Guatemalan authorities is assisting the boy's mother whereas she decides whether to proceed the U.S.
CBP began reviewing its policies in December, specifically with a focus on caring for young children, both at intake and beyond 24 hours in custody, the agency said.
Last month, a 16-year-old boy died in a children's hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, less than two weeks after he was detained and transferred to a child shelter contracted by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
"This stark and increasing shift to more vulnerable populations, combined with the overwhelming numbers, and inadequate capacity to detain families and children at ICE and Health and Human Services, respectively, is creating a humanitarian crisis", said McAleenan, now the acting Homeland Security secretary.