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9:05am — Woman Held by Feds in El Paso Dies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Niece claims detainee, who was pregnant, didn't get adequate care.

Rosa Contreras Dominguez, 38, who was being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso for deportation to Mexico, died at a local hospital on Tuesday, the El Paso Times reported.

Dominguez, who was seven weeks pregnant, was detained on Aug. 1 and was being held at the ICE detention center on Montana Avenue when she lost consciousness and was taken to Del Sol Medical Center on Tuesday, where she died a few hours after her arrival, the Times reported.

Lizbeth Morales, Dominguez's niece, said her aunt had been complaining of leg pains since she was first detained a week ago Wednesday but did not receive adequate medical attention, the Times said.

ICE spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa denied those claims, saying Dominguez had received a medical examination when she arrived at the detention center and was getting constant medical attention once officials learned she was pregnant, the Times reported.

Zamarripa told the paper Dominguez was given proper medical care when she requested it as well as when she was under observation.

Dominguez was convicted in U.S. District Court in El Paso on Nov. 12, 2005, of importing 65 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Mexico and was being held for deportation following completion of an 18-month prison sentence, the Times reported.

Morales told the paper her family would be taking in Dominguez's five children and that relatives will make a formal complaint against the ICE detention center with the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General.

 

 

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