- by cnn
- 28 Sep 2023
An unaccompanied Honduran teen housed at a Florida shelter died Wednesday while under the care of the US Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, according to a congressional notice obtained by CNN on Friday.
HHS is charged with the care of unaccompanied migrant children and places children in shelters nationwide. The 17-year-old was initially placed at Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services in Safety Harbor, Florida, on May 5, the notice said.
The teen was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor Wednesday morning after being found unconscious. He was pronounced dead an hour later despite resuscitation attempts.
The minor's parents and sponsor have been notified, according to the notice. An investigation by a medical examiner is underway and ORR said it will continue to receive more information on the death from the care provider.
In a statement, HHS said it was "deeply saddened by this tragic loss" and that it was in touch with the teen's family. A medical examiner investigation is underway, the department said.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre similarly mourned the teen's passing and said, "our hearts go out to the family." She directed specific questions about the case to HHS.
Eduardo Enrique Reina, the foreign minister of Honduras, expressed his condolences in a tweet on Thursday.
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