Three-year-old boy ‘abandoned’ on US-Mexico border

26 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

WASHINGTON: US border patrol agents found a crying three-year-old boy in a Texas cornfield on Tuesday with his name and a phone number written on his shoes, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said Wednesday, reports AFP.

The boy was “abandoned” by a group of suspected illegal immigrants who had crossed into the United States from Mexico near Brownsville, Texas, the CBP said.

“As agents attempted to intercept the group, the suspected illegal aliens scattered in the overgrown field,” the CBP said in a statement.

The boy, who was “alone and crying,” was discovered during a search of the field and taken to a local hospital, where he was found to be in good condition, it said.

Efforts to locate his family have so far been unsuccessful.

He is being taken care of at a centralized processing center and will be turned over to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, the CBP said.