U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday denied a report circulating on Twitter that a child died in the agency’s custody at a South Texas immigration detention facility.
Mana Yegani, a Houston-based immigration attorney, tweeted that the child died “as a result of possible negligent care” after contracting a disease from another detainee at the Family Residential Center in Dilley, south of San Antonio. Her initial tweet suggested that the death occurred at the facility.
ICE immediately rejected the claim, tweeting, “Reports that a child died in ICE custody at Dilley are false.”
Ms. Yegani later clarified that the reported death allegedly occurred after the child’s detention, not during.
Pressed for more information, Ms. Yegani tweeted an apparent screenshot of a private message from a lawyer named Melissa who had been dealing with the family of the child. Ms. Yegani said she had not been able to get in contact with the family directly.
ICE said it is investigating the claim.
“The updated accusation leaves little to no info that allows us to research,” the agency said in a statement. “We are looking into the report of the death after custody, but without any specifics about who this was we are unable to provide anything further at this time.”
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