An abandoned 18-month-old toddler and a 4-month-old girl were rescued by a Border Patrol agent in the Sonoran Desert, within western Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
On Thursday, a migrant among a group of border crossers taken into custody by Border Patrol informed an agent of the abandoned children’s location. The 4-month-old was found face down and unresponsive, and the toddler was discovered crying. While waiting for medical personnel to arrive, the agent who located the children gave the infant first aid. Both children received further medical attention at a hospital and were later released back to Border Patrol, who were attempting to place them with the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Officials did not release any details about the children regarding their country of origin, nor was it made clear if any of the immigrants arrested were involved in the smuggling of the children. According to reports, the Tucson Sector of the Border Patrol has seen an increase of 12% in unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally.
Speaking on the incident, Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, John Modlin, described the incident as gut-wrenching and dreadful.
Read Modlin’s full statements below.
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