On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after the Border Patrol took her into custody, along with her father and 161 other migrants who turned themselves in after crossing into New Mexico from Mexico on Dec. 6. The following morning, the unidentified girl began having seizures and registered a temperature of 105.7 degrees. She "reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days," CBP said, and she died at a hospital in El Paso "less than 24 hours after being transported." It isn't clear if she was given water in those eight hours. "Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the child," CBP spokesman Andrew Meehan said.

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