Autopsy Report Shows Jakelin Caal Maquin Died Of A Bacterial Infection, Not Dehydration As Trump Alleges
Almost four months since the tragic death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, we are finally getting more information about what ended her short life.
The indigenous child migrant was traveling with her father in early December from Guatemala to seek asylum in the U.S. The pair, including others in their group, turned themselves into authorities near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in New Mexico. That is where Maquin’s father told officials that his daughter was sick. Border officials, however, reported that she was clear to be processed into detention. Hours later, Jakelin was dead.
The autopsy report for Maquin shows she died of a bacterial infection and not dehydration as President Donald Trump has alleged
On March 29, the Associated Press reported that a medical examiner in El Paso, Texas said Jakelin had “traces of streptococcus bacteria ” in her were “lungs, adrenal gland, liver, and spleen.” The report goes on to say that child inexperienced a “rapidly progressive infection” which resulted in her organs to shut down.
Healthline reports that streptococcus can be treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, Jakelin didn’t get that initial treatment when her father asked for it and was taken to the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station in New Mexico. On Dec. 14, Border Patrol officials said “the initial screening revealed no evidence of health issues. Additionally, the father claimed that the child was in good health.” Her father did, however, ask for help with his child. By the time she received aid, medical officials had to revive her.
“It’s a death that could have been preventable,” Dr. Colleen Kraft, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics told the AP after reviewing the report. “She should have been taken to the hospital right away,” and added, “you had somebody who didn’t know to look for those subtle signs that her little system was shutting down.”
President Donald Trump has commented twice that it was her father that was to blame for her death.
On March 29, the day the autopsy report was released, Trump said — according to a Washington Post reporter — that the president alleged again that the father didn’t give her water.
“Trump just lied about the father of Jakelin Caal Maquin, girl who died in US custody, saying ‘the father gave the child no water for a long period of time — he actually admitted blame.’ In fact, he denied this claim. She died of a bacterial infection.”
On Dec. 29, Trump first made that claim, tweeting “children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol. The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days. Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end. They are working so hard & getting so little credit!”
Last year, Enrique Moreno, a lawyer representing Jakelin’s family, demanded there be an independent investigation into her death.