Honduran migrant delivers stillborn after being apprehended at border

The woman was apprehended by Border Patrol agents Monday morning in Texas and taken for a medical screening.
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A U.S. Border Patrol agent walks between vehicles outside the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, on June 23, 2018.David J. Phillip / AP file

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By Daniella Silva

A pregnant woman from Honduras delivered a stillborn at a hospital after being apprehended at the border in Texas, Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Wednesday.

The woman, who was unidentified, was apprehended by Border Patrol agents on Monday morning near McAllen, Texas, according to the CBP statement, which cited initial reports.

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The woman was medically screened at the McAllen Central Processing Center and authorities determined she was in need of medical attention, the statement said.

She was then transported to a local hospital "where hospital medical staff were unable to detect a fetal heartbeat," the statement said.

The woman gave birth to the stillborn shortly after.

CBP said further details about the stillbirth were not available pending a review and results from the medical examiner.

In February, a Honduran woman delivered a stillborn at an immigration detention center after going into premature labor.

In the last nine months, six children have died in U.S. immigration custody or shortly after being released.