A migrant woman died in South Texas after spending less than a day in federal custody, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office said Tuesday.
Border agents found the 29-year-old woman and her family Sunday afternoon in the Rio Grande Valley, according to an agency statement. While she was in custody, the woman suffered a "medical emergency" and she was treated by on-site medical personnel. She was later transported to a hospital in Harlingen, where she was pronounced dead, CBP added.
The woman spent less than 20 hours in custody, the statement said. The agency's guidelines indicate that migrants must be processed in less than 72 hours.
No details were released about the woman's medical condition or her nationality.
As the agency's protocol indicates, the Office of Professional Responsibility has already opened an investigation. The Department of Homeland Security's office of inspector general and the Harlingen Police Department were also notified.
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