MCALLEN, TX (KRGV) – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a toddler that was left behind by smugglers Monday evening.
The 2-year-old girl was taken into custody, along with a group of 14 people in the country illegally in Granjeno, near Rincon Village.
The people told the agents they didn’t know who the child belonged to. They first encountered the little girl when they were led to a raft, where the child was sitting alone.
Once on the U.S. side, the smuggler handed the child to one of the adults and returned to Mexico. The group was then apprehended by Border Patrol.
At the station, an agent was able to locate a birth certificate in the child’s belongings, along with a piece of paper with a name and phone number. The same information was written on the child’s shirt.
The birth certificate identified the little girl as El Salvadoran. The child appeared to be healthy and unharmed; she was placed in foster care.
Contact was made with the child’s mother, who stated that a friend was supposed to reunite the child with her.