LUMPKIN, Ga. (AP) — A Mexican detainee has died in the custody of federal immigration authorities in Georgia.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 44-year-old Pedro Arriago-Santoya is the fourth detainee at Stewart Detention Center to die since 2017.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a release Thursday that Arriago-Santoya's preliminary cause of death was heart infection and multi-organ failure.
ICE says Arriago-Santoya complained of abdominal pain Saturday and was transferred to a hospital in Cuthbert. On Sunday, he was transferred to a Columbus facility for a surgery consultation based on suspected gall bladder disease. He went into cardiac arrest on Monday and, again, on Wednesday and died.
Arriago-Santoyao had been held since April 24. He was ordered deported June 6 and ICE was preparing to return him to Mexico.
He is the seventh ICE detainee to die nationwide since October.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com