Heartbreaking moment one year-old toddler is dumped alone at US border by ‘coyote’ people smuggler after pair swam across Colorado River
- A one-year-old Guatemalan boy was dumped at the U.S. border after a ‘coyote’ people smuggler brought him across
- Luckily, the child was spotted by a Border Patrol agent who provided help with the incident all being caught on surveillance cameras
- Since October 1, Border Patrol agents have encountered over 58,000 unaccompanied minors, including 2,980 in the Yuma and El Centro sectors
This is the heartbreaking moment a one-year-old Guatemalan boy was dumped at the US border by a ‘coyote’ people smuggler.
The suspect left the child along the Colorado River to fend for himself after crossing from Mexico earlier this week.
Surveillance cameras along Mexico border with Arizona sees the smuggler coming out of the water and placing the youngster on a track between two sections of the border, where he then abandoned the child.
The smuggler then makes a swim for it back across the border into Mexico, leaving the child all alone.
A one-year-old Guatemalan boy was dumped at the U.S. border after a ‘coyote’ people smuggler brought him across
A Border Patrol agent rushed to help the young child who was dumped at the U.S. Border
The abandoned youngster appeared completely bewildered and began to walk around on his own moments later, just feet away from the water.
An eagle-eyed Border Patrol agent spotted the kid through the fence and sped in his SUV patrol vehicle to his aid, bringing him to his unit.
US Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz tweeted video of the incident stating ‘Tragedy was averted!’
‘A one-year-old Guatemalan child was abandoned along the Colorado River Monday afternoon by a smuggler who took him across the border and then left him to fend for himself along the water’s edge. Thanks to our agent’s quick response. …’ Ortiz wrote.
Ortiz later shared a picture of the border agent holding the boy: ‘Picture of child safe with an Agent.’
The child can be seen standing completely alone at the border. A patrol car spots him through the fence
Luckily, the child was spotted by a Border Patrol agent who provided help and rushed to help
Border patrol agents detain migrants who were located hiding on private property after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico earlier this week
Migrant encounters in February were at their lowest level since February 2021
The video of the young child has since been retweeted almost 1,000 times, with hundreds of others liking it and generating a host of responses
The video has since been retweeted almost 1,000 times, with hundreds of others liking it and generating a host of responses.
‘Watching this has me in tears. Your agent deserves the highest of praises for his quick action. God bless you all,’ one Twitter user, who is a dad to two young boys, wrote.
Since the start of the fiscal year began last October 1, 2022, agents have encountered more than 58,000 unaccompanied minors.
Since the start of the fiscal year began last October 1, 2022, agents have encountered more than 58,000 unaccompanied minors (file photo from last week on the US/Mexico border)
Mexico is seen in the background as Texas Army National Guard soldiers guide migrants after they were smuggled across the Rio Grande river into Roma, Texas on Thursday