Pregnant Woman Dies at ICE Detention Center in El Paso

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a pregnant woman in the agency's custody died after complaining of leg pain and losing consciousness.

Spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa says Rosa Contreras Dominguez was taken to an El Paso medical center Tuesday night when nurses noticed she was losing consciousness.

The 38-year-old died about three-and-a-half hours after first complaining about pain behind her left knee.

Dominguez, a legal U.S. resident, arrived at the ICE detention center on August first to begin deportation proceedings stemming from her conviction for importing 65 pounds of marijuana into the country.

Zamarripa says Dominguez was given a medical exam and received constant medical attention for her pregnancy.

Lizbeth Morales, Dominguez's niece, says the family thinks Dominguez didn't receive proper medical treatment. The family expects to receive an autopsy report today.

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