Border Patrol Rescues Three-Year-Old Girl Abandoned Near River By Smuggler
Border patrol agents in McAllen, Texas rescued a three-year-old girl on Monday who was abandoned by a human smuggler after he first helped her mother illegally cross into the U.S. and was supposed to go back for the child, according to a Tuesday U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release.
McAllen Station authorities responded to a tip from Hidalgo Port of Entry that there were illegal immigrants hiding under the bridge that connects the U.S. entryway to Mexico. When border patrol agents investigated, they found a woman beneath the bridge who claimed she was separated from her daughter, leaving the child on the Mexican side of the border, according to the CBP press release.
The mother said the smuggler tried to bring the child, but she saw them both drifting down river and wasn’t sure if they were going back into Mexico after she lost sight of them.
The child was later found unharmed walking along the river road and was rescued by CBP and National Guard rescue workers and reunited her with her mother, CBP said. The smuggler swam back into Mexico before he could be caught, CBP told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Attribution:The Daily Caller