Border Patrol reportedly found a 3-year-old migrant boy alone in a cornfield at the Mexico-Texas border early Tuesday.
According to NBC News, agents are working to locate the parents of the boy, who was discovered near the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, Texas. Authorities said he’s only been identified by a name and phone number which were written on his shoes and that they’re placing him into the care of Health and Human Services.
Irma Chapa, communications director for the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, told CNN that agents spotted a group of migrants who had crossed the Rio Grande. The group reportedly dispersed and agents found the toddler crying alone in a nearby cornfield.
Early this morning, #USBP Agents found a 3-year-old boy alone and crying in a corn field in TX. He had his name & phone numbers written on his shoes. #CBP is attempting to reach his family. We believe the boy was with a larger group that ran when they encountered Agents. pic.twitter.com/0s0zwmFxih
— CBP (@CBP) April 24, 2019
“Agents searched and located a sobbing toddler abandoned in the middle of the field,” Chapa said. “The child appeared to be healthy and unharmed.”
Chief Border Patrol agent Rudy Karish told NBC that he believes the boy was abandoned by smugglers. Meanwhile, Border Control Chief Rodolfo Karish said this isn’t the first time they’ve encountered this issue and “it won’t be the last.”
“This incident highlights the dangers faced by migrants at the hands of smugglers,” he said to CNN. “Children, in particular, are extremely vulnerable, not only to exploitation but also to the elements of the environment.”
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