WaPo’s Misleading Headline Blames Border Patrol Officials For 7-Year-Old’s Death
A 7-year old girl died from dehydration and exhaustion after being in Border Patrol’s custody for hours — after not having any food or water for days. But the headline of the Washington Post’s story appeared to blame her death on Border Patrol officers.
The headline of their story reads, “7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion.” (RELATED: Washington Post, Time Headlines Imply Border Patrol Caused Death Of 7-Year-Old Migrant Girl)
But that doesn’t tell the full story.
7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion https://t.co/Vb599XHO5I
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 14, 2018
The Post’s story explains that this girl and her father were 2 of 163 migrants who crossed the border illegally and then turned themselves in to border patrol agents back on Dec. 6.
The child began having seizures and then, “emergency responders, who arrived soon after, measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees.”
The story went on to say that CBP said that the little girl had “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.”
Despite the fact that this child reportedly did not have food or water for days, WaPo’s headline suggests that somehow the border security agents were responsible for her death.
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