The body of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal — the Guatemalan girl who died in Border Patrol custody earlier this month — has been transported back to her homeland.
Relatives told The Associated Press that it was expected to arrive in Caal’s native village of Raxruha on Monday morning.
Her family didn’t have enough money to make the trip to meet Foreign Ministry reps at Guatemala City’s international airport on Sunday, so local officials decided to bring them the remains using a hearse. They were reportedly being transported inside a white coffin.
Caal died in Border Patrol custody on Dec. 8 — just two days after being detained with her father in New Mexico, and three days after her birthday. Early indications point to sepsis shock as a cause of death, but this has yet to be officially determined.
Caal reportedly went into cardiac arrest and had to be revived twice before being transported to a Texas hospital with a temperature of 105.7 degrees.
Her father, Nerv Caal, 29, had signed a waiver saying the young girl was in good health, but some have questioned whether he knew what he was signing. The form was reportedly in English and read to him in Spanish.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has blamed Caal’s death on her family — calling it “a very sad example of the dangers to migrants.”
“[Nerv Caal] chose to cross illegally,” Nielsen said in an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Friday. “They were about 90 miles away where we could process them.”
With Post Wires