EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) — Local U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are being recognized for saving a Guatemalan infant's life, according to CBP Chief Officer Ruben Jauregui.
The release sent out Monday morning highlighting the quick lifesaving actions of a pair of officers at the Paso Del Norte international crossing at the El Paso Port of Entry on Dec. 9, the day after Jakelin Caal died in CBP custody.
About a week ago, officers at the El Paso Port of Entry were notified about a baby who was choking.
Jauregui said the 11-month-old infant, who was part of a detained credible fear family unit, was being fed by her mother and fell into distress.
He said the child’s mother notified an officer who then requested Emergency Medical Services.
The CBP release stated that child had a purplish hue to her skin color. A second CBP officer administered the Heimlich maneuver, said Jauregui. Seconds later, the child was able to breath.
They report when emergency medical personnel arrived, the child was breathing on her own. The child was cleared by emergency responders, stated Jauregui.
This news comes after the CBP office released detailed information five days after a Guatemalan 7-year-old died in their custody.