Breaking News
More () »

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents find two children - 2 and 6 - abandoned in Roma

The six-year-old told agents she and her younger sibling were from the Honduras. She had a handwritten note with contact information for a relative in the U.S.
Credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

ROMA, Texas — Border Patrol agents continue to find abandoned children along the Rio Grande - this time, two children, ages 2 and 6, near the Roma Port of Entry.

A press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday evening, Rio Grande City agents working in Roma, found a toddler and his sister near the Roma Port of Entry.

When agents encountered the children, a search of the area determined that they were abandoned at the location. The six-year-old girl reportedly told agents she was from the Honduras and the two-year-old she was with was her younger sibling.

She provided agents a handwritten note with contact information of a relative in the United States. She also had two Honduran birth certificates in her possession, further corroborating her story.

With the information gathered from the note, agents contacted the children’s aunt, who lives in the United States. The aunt told agents she was not aware of the current whereabouts of the children’s parents.

According to the release, the children were transported to a Border Patrol station where they medically evaluated and processed accordingly.

“The fact that these children were left alone by human smugglers exemplifies their blatant disregard for the safety of the individuals they smuggle,” Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brian S. Hastings, said in the release.

The release also said, "Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements."