Agents Find 3-year-old Migrant Boy Abandoned By Smugglers Near Border

A tragic story has come out of Texas, where a 3-year-old boy was found abandoned in cornfield near the U.S.-Mexico border.

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NBC News reported that U.S. Border Patrol agents found a 3-year-old migrant alone in a cornfield at the border between Mexico and Texas on Tuesday morning, according to Customs and Border Protection officials.

The boy, who was crying when agents found him in the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, Texas, was identified only by a phone number and his name written on his shoes, the officials said.

The agents have taken the boy to a U.S. border station and are trying to find his parents using the number on his shoes, the officials said. So far, they have been unsuccessful and are in the process of transferring the boy to the care of Health and Human Services.

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From KSAT 

Smugglers abandoned a 3-year-old boy in a cornfield near Brownsville on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Agents found the child alone and crying in the field after they tried to intercept a group suspected of entering the country illegally.

The group scattered as agents closed in and that’s when they discovered the child, who was found with his name and a phone number written on his shoes.

According to the spokesperson, the boy doesn’t know to speak well enough to communicate and attempts to find his parents have failed.

He was released to the Border Patrol after a medical evaluation at a local hospital determined he is in good health.

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An agent with Fort Brown Supervisory Border Patrol bought clothing for the toddler, and fellow officers watched movies and played games with the boy before he was taken to the Centralized Processing Center.

Currently, the boy is in the care of contracted child care workers at the Centralized Processing Center until he’s turned over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, per protocol.