Punjabi migrant girl dies in Arizona of thirst as mother fails to fetch water

The Hush Post | 12:55 pm | One-minute read

A six-year-old Punjabi migrant girl died in the Arizona desert due to heat stroke on Friday, as her mother left her with some other migrant and went to fetch water.

U.S. Border Patrol informed that the girl has been identified as Gurpreet Kaur. U.S. Border Patrol found her in the west of Lukeville, Arizona on Wednesday when the temperature was 42 degree Celsius.

The Border Patrol informed that this is the second recorded fatality of a migrant child in Arizona’s southern deserts. It brings attention to the danger of summer heat as many migrant families cross the US-Mexico border.

According to the immigration officers, many Indians are entering US from Mexico. Also, the deceased girl and her mother were among a group of five Indians who were dropped off by smugglers in a remote border area near west of Lukeville at around 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

After walking some way, the girl’s mother, with a woman, went in search of water, leaving the daughter with another woman.

US Patrol Border agent Jesus Vasavilbaso said, “Once they went to look for water they never saw them again.”

The mother along with the other woman wandered for around 22 hours in the Sonoran desert before being caught by US Border Patrol. After four hours, they found the body of the girl about a mile away from the border.

However, the agents tracked another woman and her 8-year-old daughter into Mexico, before they re-entered US and surrendered themselves.

Greg Hess, Chief medical officer PCOME, reportedly informed that the girl died due to hyperthermia and her death was ruled to be an accident.

According to the reports, PCOME has recorded 58 migrant deaths in Arizona till May 30. In 2018, the death count was 128.

The Border Patrol blamed Kaur’s death on the smugglers.

“They (smugglers) are trying to unload people in places where they can avoid detection themselves. For a young child, death can come very quickly in these circumstances and weather,” said Molina, director of Tucson based border action network.

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