UPDATE: Border Patrol says abandoned toddler to be turned over to DHHS

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A 3-year-old boy was found crying alone in a field on the border Tuesday, US Customs and Border Protection officials said.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a press release Wednesday afternoon saying saying a Border Patrol team found the child “alone and crying.”

Early Tuesday morning, Fort Brown Border Patrol agents working near Brownsville, Texas, observed multiple suspected illegal aliens walking north towards a cornfield near the intersection of Southmost Blvd and Southpoint Rd. after they entered the United States illegally. As agents attempted to intercept the group, the suspected illegal aliens scattered in the overgrown field. Agents requested the assistance of a Border Patrol K-9 team in an attempt to search the field and, in the process, they located a child who was alone and crying.

After exiting the field, agents attempted to locate the child’s parents to no avail. The three year old child, who does not speak well enough to communicate, had his name and a phone number written on his shoes.

The child was transported to a local hospital for medical evaluation, he was found to be in good condition and released to the Border Patrol. At the station, additional attempts to locate the child’s family were unsuccessful.

A Fort Brown Supervisory Border Patrol agent purchased clothing for the child and fellow agents and officers entertained the youth, watching movies and playing games.  The child was taken to the Centralized Processing Center and remains under the care of contracted child care workers assigned to the center.

The child will be turned over to the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is the protocol when apprehending unaccompanied children.  


A 3-year-old boy was found crying alone in a field on the border Tuesday, US Customs and Border Protection officials said.

The boy was found with phone numbers written on his shoes. The boy was posted to the CBP twitter page, indicating the boy’s parents had yet to be found.

Officials said that it was likely the boy was part of a larger group that ran away when they encountered agents.

The boy appears to be healthy and unharmed.

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