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Texas opens investigation of reported immigrant child death

FILE - This June 30, 2015 file photo shows a sign at the entrance to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. A report that a child died shortly after being released from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Texas has inflamed the debate over the detention of immigrant families. The American Immigration Lawyers Association said Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, that it had learned of the death of a child shortly after the child and parent left the ICE family detention center at Dilley. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas child welfare officials say they've opened an abuse and neglect investigation into reports that a child died shortly after leaving a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility.

The announcement Thursday came hours after Texas officials appeared frustrated during a public hearing, saying immigration attorneys who made the allegations last week still hadn't provided the child's name.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman said the state couldn't investigate the reports without a name. Hours later, Whitman's spokesman said they had received it.

The family of the child is represented by the Washington-based law firm Arnold & Porter, which says it's cooperating with Texas officials.

Whitman says the state has completed about 40 abuse and neglect investigations at child detention facilities. None were found to be substantiated.

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