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Migrant toddler, 2, found abandoned by smugglers on the border

May 7, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Migrant toddler, 2, found abandoned by smugglers on the border

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents near the Rio Grande River in Hidalgo, Texas discovered a two-year-old toddler wandering alone who had been abandoned by smugglers last week.

It would be the third discovery in ten days of minors who have been abandoned by smugglers in this sector.

Border Patrol Supervisor Marlene Castro told Breitbart News, agents witnessed the little boy wandering along the river bank by himself. A short time later, a group of migrants who just crossed the border found the little boy and took him with them to ensure the child’s safety.

Agents arrived and took the toddler along with the 13 undocumented immigrants into custody.

Officials said this new trend of abandoning minors by human traffickers is very disturbing. “I haven’t seen this before; This is the third time in ten days. I hope this trend stops soon,” Castro said

Conditions in the area can be harrowing for an adult, nevermind for a child, where coyotes, alligators, and poisonous snakes are common.

A record search of the toddler conducted by CBP investigators revealed a Honduran immunization record for the boy along with the names and phone numbers of his parents.

Authorities contacted the mother after the child was processed. “He is no longer in our custody,” Castro confirmed.

Last week, CBP officials had also discovered a two-year-old little girl abandoned by smugglers just a few miles away near the border town of Mission, Texas.

Smugglers handed off the child, who had her name and phone number written on the back of a white t-shirt with a black marker, to other immigrants they had just snuck over the border.

CBP agents took the child into custody and placed her into foster care. She was later discovered to have a Salvadoran birth certificate.

The following day, Border Patrol officials said a 13-year-old girl who was close to death, found on a ranch near the Falfurrias Checkpoint, had to be flown by helicopter to a hospital in critical condition and placed on a ventilator.

Officials said the girl and her 15-year-old sister wandered in the brush for five days without food or water after being abandoned by smugglers.

According to Castro, the girl had the ventilator removed, and doctors were testing her for brain damage but had no further information on her condition.

The desertions of children come as Border Patrol agents are reporting a new flood of foreign minors pouring into the U.S.

A report by Breitbart News Managing Director Brandon Darby indicated that the number of unaccompanied migrant children was similar to the 2014 crisis that inflicted the region.

“We are flooded with about 600 unaccompanied minors and family units in one station in the RGV Sector alone,” said Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera and spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, who spoke to Darby.

“We haven’t seen anything like this since the summer of 2014. The flow is increasing at an alarming rate. If we don’t do something to stem the massive influx, we will likely see numbers that eclipse those of 2014,” said Agent Cabrera. “The cartel groups are tying us up on one end with the family groups and running their narcotics because we are caught up doing babysitting duties.”

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