10-year-old Guatemalan boy was drugged, sexually assaulted in US custody: lawsuit


A Guatemalan man has reportedly filed a lawsuit in Texas against two nonprofits alleging that his 10-year-old son was sexually assaulted and forced to take psychotropic drugs while in their custody after the boy and his father were separated at the border.

The father and son, named only as J.E.B. and F.C.B., were forcibly separated at the border in February 2018, according to the explosive lawsuit obtained by CNN.

F.C.B., the son, was first taken to a migrant shelter in Arizona run by Southwest Key before being transferred to the Shiloh Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas.

The lawsuit alleges that F.C.B. “was dosed with powerful psychotropic drugs without parental consent” and sexually assaulted by another detained child at the Texas facility.

The 10-year-old boy was reportedly misdiagnosed while in custody, resulting in staff at Shiloh forcing him to take Lexapro and Risperdal, two psychotropic drugs, without his father’s knowledge or permission.

The lawsuit claims that F.C.B. repeatedly requested to go home with his father and grandmother, however, he was not reunited with his family or sent home for almost a year. Shiloh “viewed [the boy] as an asset” as it was paid daily for keeping and holding him in custody, the suit alleges.

The sexual assault is not detailed in the suit, CNN reports, however the defendants allege that, “After the sexual assault was reported…he was viewed as a potential liability, and quickly deported.”

Both father and son were deported in late 2018. The lawsuit seeks damages for “pain, emotional distress and medical expenses.”

The boy’s father also alleges in the suit that staff at both facilities physically assaulted his 10-year-old son and “acted with fraud, malice and gross neglect.”

While CNN reports the suit does not name any US officials or agencies as defendants, it does claim that J.E.B. and F.C.B. were separated “under inhumane, cruel and outrageous circumstances.”

Southwest Key and the Shiloh Treatment Center could not immediately be reached for comment by The Post.

In a statement to NBC News, Southwest Key said, “We are a federally regulated and state licensed provider of shelter care services to unaccompanied minors. We are not a detention facility and our organization’s opposition to the separation of families at the border has never wavered. It was a policy that hurt children, parents and our communities. From the pleadings, it appears none of the serious allegations made in this filing occurred in our shelter, so we cannot comment on them.”