Inside the Cell Where a Sick 16-Year-Old Boy Died in Border Patrol Care [ProPublica] A 16-year-old boy died laying on the floor next to a toilet, as US immigration authorities failed to deliver medical treatment after a nurse practitioner diagnosed him with the flu and measured his fever at 103 degrees.
Then the border patrol lied about it. They claimed they checked on him regularly, but the “cellblock video shows Carlos writhing for at least 25 minutes on the floor and a concrete bench. It shows him staggering to the toilet and collapsing on the floor, where he remained in the same position for the next four and a half hours.”
Carlos, the second youngest of eight children, was a standout student at the village school. He was captain of the soccer team and excelled in playing instruments the school had bought by selling raffle tickets. “He played percussion and the bombo and the lyre and the trumpet,” said Jose Morales Pereira, who was Carlos’ teacher. “He always said, ‘Professor, let’s teach everyone else.’ He was my leader.”