Disturbing video shows teen’s final moments in Border Patrol cell

Lawmakers are demanding accountability after Customs and Border Protection officials took Carlos Vasquez to a cell instead of a hospital to be checked for the flu.
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Transcript for Disturbing video shows teen’s final moments in Border Patrol cell
tonight, and to the unsettling images revealed today. The death of a teenager in border patrol custody. He'd been sick with the flu. He is seen collapsing. Tonight, lawmakers are now commanding accountability, and does the video now put into question what authorities had said before? ABC's chief national correspondent Matt Gutman with the images, and we warn you, they are disturbing. Reporter: Tonight, that disturbing new video, the last minutes of a 16-year-old's life in a border patrol cell. On may 19th, a week after Carlos Vasquez crossed into the U.S., a nurse at this processing facility diagnosed him with the flu. He had a temperature of a 103. He was to be reassessed in two hours and hospitalized if symptoms worsened. Border patrol officials took him to a quarantine facility in a small Texas town where he was put into a cell with concrete slabs and foil sheets. As you can see in this video obtained by propublica, which broke the story. Vasquez, from Guatemala, is obviously suffering. He writhes on the concrete then crashes to the floor, right next to the cell's door and window. Minutes later, he musters the strength to shuffle to the toilet where he collapses. Then the video the border patrol gave local police investigating the case goes black for the next four hours. When it returns, Vasquez's cellmate, who also has the flu, wakes to find him unresponsive and alerts the guards. Lawmakers tonight in Washington demanding accountability. I think it's innocent homicide. It is completely unacceptable for a 16-year-old child to die of the flu. Reporter: David, current and former border patrol officials tell me the agency was overwhil med with migrants at the time. Still, the agency insists it did conduct those welfare checks on that boy, however, the video seems to indicate otherwise. David? All right, Matt Gutman on this story from the start. Matt, thank you.

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