Honduran woman detained by immigration gives birth to premature and stillborn baby



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By Daniella Silva

A Honduran woman gave birth to a stillborn boy in a Texas immigration detention center after giving birth prematurely last week, authorities said Monday.

The 24-year-old woman was about six months pregnant when she was apprehended by the Border Patrol at the beginning of 18 February 18 near Hidalgo, Texas, according to a joint statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection. Both agencies are part of the Department of Homeland Security.

The woman's name and her identification details were concealed to protect her privacy, the agencies said.

While the woman was under the border patrol guard, she was taken to the hospital and released Thursday after undergoing two medical examinations, the statement said. She was then transferred to ICE custody at the Port Isabel detention center on Friday afternoon so she could be released, the statement said.

That night, the woman "started complaining of abdominal pain" and was examined by the ICE Health Services Corps, according to the statement. A clinic director was called and ordered that the woman be sent to a hospital and emergency medical services were called, according to the statement.

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