CBP: Detained Honduran woman delivers stillborn baby

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Wednesday said a Honduran woman detained Monday delivered a stillborn baby, according to a news release from CBP officials.

According to initial reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended and processed the woman, who was not identified, for improper entry Monday near McAllen.

The woman was “medically screened” at the Central Processing Center in McAllen and determined she needed medical attention, CBP stated.

Read the statement here.

“She was transported to a local hospital where hospital medical staff were unable to detect a fetal heartbeat,” the release read. “She delivered a stillborn baby shortly thereafter.” 

 CBP officials said additional details were not available at this time pending review and results from the medical examiner. CBP is not releasing the identity of the individual, but will release more details as well as “ensure a thorough review of the circumstances,” the release read. 

This news comes only days after two different instances of migrant deaths in the Rio Grande Valley. 

On Sunday, authorities discovered the bodies of a woman in her early 20s and three young children, including a toddler and an infant, near Anzalduas Park in Mission. 

People familiar with the investigation but not authorized to comment publicly on the case, said the four likely died of dehydration and heat exposure. 

FBI officials, who are leading the investigation into the four deaths, have not yet identified the woman and the children, or the country of their origin. 

On that same day, the bodies of a father and his young daughter were also found on the banks of the river after they attempted to cross the Rio Grande between Matamoros, Mexico and Brownsville.

The man and his daughter, identified as 25-year-old Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, and 23-month-old Angie Valeria of El Salvador, drowned attempting to cross the river. This story has also garnered national attention.

Immigrant advocates allege the administration’s use of “metering” at legal ports of entry is in part responsible for the deaths, as frustrated asylum-seekers forego waiting for months for legal status and instead attempt to go around ports of entry. Such cases have proven deadly, not unlike the incidents involving the woman and three young children, and the aforementioned Salvadoran father and daughter. 

In fiscal year 2018, CBP reported 283 deaths of immigrants at the southwest U.S.-Mexico border, with 96 of those deaths in the Rio Grande Valley sector, the agency’s website shows.