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Toddler separated from mother in U.S.-Mexico border crossing

Posted at 5:21 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 20:21:26-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A two-year-old girl found strapped to the chest of an immigrant teenager is in the custody of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials, the U.S. Border Patrol said Monday.

The girl was part of a group of six undocumented immigrants found traveling near Campo Nov. 27, officials said.

The 17-year-old boy who was carrying the girl said she had been with her mother the previous night, but the mother became tired and asked the teen to hold her daughter. When the group separated, he could not locate the mother, he told Border Patrol officials.

Authorities are trying to reunite the girl with her mother.

The U.S. Border Patrol said it maintains a high level of vigilance in border zones to prevent the smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband.