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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said on Wednesday that the 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in USA custody this week did so after his alleged father declined additional medical treatment.

The Department of Homeland Security, which said the boys were the first children to die in CBP custody in a decade, would step up medical checks of migrant children to try to prevent any more deaths.

After an agent noticed Felipe coughing, father and son were taken to an Alamogordo hospital, where Felipe was diagnosed with a common cold and found to have a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit, CBP has said. He was released from the hospital Monday afternoon, but taken back that night.

Shortly before 3 p.m., the child was released from the hospital and prescribed amoxicillin and ibuprofen.

In a similar case, a 7-year-old girl died after traveling through Mexico and crossing the border illegally with her father.

Castro called for a congressional investigation into the boy's death.

"This is just devastating for us", said Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in an interview earlier this week with CBS This Morning.

She then launched into a diatribe concerning the uptick in illegal crossings in recent months, casting blame on a "system" that seemingly "rewards parents for sending their children across the border alone" and a broken asylum process as incentivizing factors in the increase in illegal traffic. Jakelin Caal Maquin and her father, Nery Caal, were apprehended by Border Patrol agents in the New Mexico desert on December 6, as part of a larger group of 163 illegal aliens.

DHS officials did not say how many children are now held by the Customs and Border Protection. That could include support from the Coast Guard as well as possibly more aid from the Defense Department, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The father of the 8-year-old migrant who died on December 25 took the boy with him on the risky trek from Guatemala to the United States because he heard a rumor that it would help him enter the country.

So Agustin Gomez grabbed his son Felipe and set out, despite the numerous dangers in such a journey for anyone, much less a child.

Felipe Gomez Alonzo died while in the custody of United States immigration officials at an ICE (Enforcement and Removal Operations) detention center in New Mexico.

Her body was returned to Guatemala on Sunday, CNN reported.

In her letter, Feinstein cited the deaths of the two children along with reports of a hospitalized 5-month-old and murdered children in Tijuana.

CBP said the cause of Felipe's death is not yet known.

The 8-year-old boy died in USA custody at a New Mexico hospital on Christmas Eve after suffering a cough, vomiting and fever, authorities said. Lindsey Graham, Feinstein requested a hearing "on the care and treatment of children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection".

Felipe "always wanted a bicycle" and their father saw the U.S.as a way to help get their family out of poverty, Gomez Lucas said.

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