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‘It’s like they tore out a piece of my heart:’ Asylum seeker tells House panel that her 1-year-old daughter died from shoddy medical care while in ICE custody

Yazmin JuárezAP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

  • A Guatemalan mother seeking asylum told a House panel Wednesday that she watched her infant daughter die slowly and painfully after the baby received shoddy medical care while they were detained in a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility last year.
  • "It's like they tore out a piece of my heart," Juárez said. "I wanted to have a better life for her and a better future so that she could keep growing, but now we won't be able to do that and she is gone."
  • The emotional hearing comes amid renewed outrage over the treatment of migrant children at the border following reports of neglect and overcrowding.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Guatemalan mother seeking asylum told a House panel Wednesday that she came to the United States seeking safety, but instead watched her infant daughter die slowly and painfully after the baby received shoddy medical care while they were in immigration custody.

As Yazmin Juárez spoke, an image of her brown-eyed baby girl, Mariee, was put up on television screens in the hearing room. The baby had fallen ill with a high fever, vomiting and diarrhea when mother and daughter were detained in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility last year.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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