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Autopsy says dead Guatemalan boy had influenza

New Mexico authorities said an autopsy performed on 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, a Guatemalan boy who died in US custody, shows he had the flu.
New Mexico authorities said an autopsy performed on 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, a Guatemalan boy who died in US custody, shows he had the flu.Catarina Gomez via Associated Press

GUATEMALA CITY — New Mexico authorities said an autopsy performed on the 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in US custody shows he had the flu.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator said in a statement late Thursday that more tests need to be done before a cause of death can be determined for Felipe Gomez Alonzo.

Authorities say Felipe Gomez Alonzo died at a New Mexico hospital after suffering coughing, vomiting, and a fever. Another Guatemalan child, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, died in US custody on Dec. 8. Both deaths are under investigation.

His father took his son to the border after hearing rumors that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to United States, according to the boy’s stepsister, who spoke to the Associated Press on Wednesday, two days after the boy’s death.

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Catarina Gomez Lucas, the boy’s 21-year-old stepsister, would not say who spread the rumors or who transported the father and son to the border. They came from a poor community of people who fled Guatemala during that country’s civil war.