6 Mar 2008

Homeland Security to investigate death of American Samoa baby detained at Honolulu Airport

8:25 pm on 6 March 2008

The American Samoa congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, says the Department of Homeland Security in the US is investigating the death of baby, Michael Futi.

Michael Futi, who travelled with his mother to Honolulu for a heart operation, died while detained in a customs office at Honolulu International Airport on January 25.

Michael's mother is a citizen of Samoa, while Michael was a US national born in American Samoa.

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says he received word this week from Homeland Security that the detention of the baby would be investigated.

"I have received a call from the assistant administrator for commercial liaisons from the department of homeland security. He and I discussed the matter earlier this week. He says to assure me the letter has been received and the department is pursuing with the investigations through the inspector general's office."

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin.

Baby Michael will be buried in Honolulu on Saturday.