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U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation finds multiple failings in the death of 8-year-old girl in federal custody

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An internal investigation conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection found that contracted personnel working at a federal border station

in South Texas failed to contact doctors while an 8-year-old was having a medical emergency in May, according to a statement Thursday from the

federal agency.

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The girl later died after medical professionals repeatedly denied the mother's request that her daughter be taken to a hospital.

The ongoing investigation found that medical personnel at Harlingen Station, where the girl and her family were in custody, failed to document

multiple encounters with the child and were not aware of her previously documented medical history.

CBP acting Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement Thursday that the in-custody death was “deeply upsetting” and an “unacceptable

tragedy.”

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“We can — and we will — do better to ensure this never happens again,” he said.

In an interview with the Associated Press, the girl's mother was identified as Mabel Alvarez Benedicks of Honduras. She and her

husband crossed the border into Brownsville with their three children, ages 8, 12 and 14, on May 9, more than a week before their youngest child

died.

According to the investigation — which was conducted through interviews with contracted personnel and Border Patrol agents — personnel said

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they did not know the girl's complicated medical history. However, CBP reports show that the family did inform the agency of her chronic

conditions of sickle cell anemia and heart disease when they arrived at a processing facility in Donna on May 10. She had been born with a

congenital heart disease in Panama.

Between May 14 and 17, the dates when the girl was in custody at the Harlingen border station, medical personnel had nine interactions with

the girl and her mother, according to the investigation. Staff had only reported three. The investigation cites a malfunctioning closed-circuit

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television recording system at the facility.

While the girl was in custody at the border station, she complained of stomach aches, nausea, difficulty breathing, fever, flu-like symptoms

and pain.

On the morning of May 17, the nurse practitioner caring for the girl reported that the child had normal vital signs and administered treatment

for nausea.

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Alvarez Benedicks made at least three additional requests to the nurse practitioner for an ambulance. Those requests were denied.

Later that day, just before 2 p.m., Alvarez Benedicks returned to the health unit carrying her daughter, who appeared to be having a seizure.

The mother and her daughter were transported in separate vehicles to Harligen's Valley Baptist Medical Center 2 miles away. Less than an hour

later, the child was dead.

Miller said that in the wake of the tragedy, the federal agency has taken several measures to avoid more in-custody deaths.

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He said CBP has prioritized medically fragile individuals and families so that they can spend less time in custody. The agency also requested

additional medical professionals from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist at multiple CBP sites.

Additionally, the federal law enforcement agency barred the contracted medical providers involved in this incident from working with CBP in

the future.

The agency said it has since repaired the surveillance system at Harlingen Station.

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Cedar Park falls to No. 1 Mansfield Timberview in semis

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www.kxan.com – Billy Gates – 2024-02-29 23:25:12

SUMMARY: Cedar Park’s girls basketball team lost 67-45 to Mansfield Timberview in the 5A semifinals. Timberview had a strong second quarter, outrebounding Cedar Park 51-29 and dominating on second-chance points. Kennedy Carlyle led Cedar Park with 19 points, while Mariah Davis struggled shooting but contributed 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists. For Timberview, Brooklyn Terry and Kamryn Wilson scored 13 points each, with Wilson also grabbing 12 rebounds for a double-double. Cedar Park’s season ended with a 27-12 record, while Timberview advanced to the state title game against Frisco Liberty after defeating Cedar Park.

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100-year-old Central California woman celebrates 25th birthday on Leap Day

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abc13.com – KFSN – 2024-02-29 22:25:46

SUMMARY: Helen Davidson of Park Visalia Assisted Living & Memory Care celebrates her 100th birthday, which is only her 25th because she was born on a leap year. She credits her faith and family for a full life and emphasizes the importance of being a good person. Davidson’s daughter praises her mother’s likable and fun personality and her dedication to physical activity. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Davidson later became a teacher after earning a degree from Fresno State. Her family plans to celebrate her milestone with a weekend of festivities, and Davidson expresses gratitude for their presence.

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Airbnb: Austin, Hill Country most booked ahead of solar eclipse weekend

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www.kxan.com – Julianna Russ – 2024-02-29 20:46:36

SUMMARY: Airbnb has noticed a surge in interest for properties along the path of the upcoming solar eclipse in April. Austin and the Hill Country in Texas are trending destinations for travelers wanting to experience the eclipse. Texas is among the most-booked states, with a 600% increase in searches for the weekend of the eclipse. Over 60% of listings along the eclipse path in Texas are already booked. Airbnb reported a 1000% increase in searches for stays along the eclipse path in the US, with other popular cities including Mazatlán, Indianapolis, Montreal, and more. The eclipse will be the last to cross North America for over 20 years.

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