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Advocates allege ICE disregarding symptoms of sick child, 5

HOUSTON — A 5-year-old boy from Guatemala who fractured his skull in an accident and suffered bleeding around his brain is not being properly treated at an immigration detention center in Texas for what could be a traumatic brain injury, family members, and advocates have alleged.

The child, his parents, and his 1-year-old brother were detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in January, about a month after the boy fell out of a shopping cart. The children and their mother are in custody at the family detention center at Dilley, Texas, where the 5-year-old continues to have headaches, according to his aunt and Dr. Amy Cohen, an advocate and doctor working with the family.

ICE said Wednesday that multiple neurological exams conducted at Dilley revealed no medical issues but that the boy was hospitalized on Tuesday “for additional evaluation and imaging to rule out any concerns.’’

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Before they were detained during what the family thought was a routine check-in, the boy had been taken to the hospital and an appointment had been scheduled with a neurologist, Cohen said.

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