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Border Patrol finds abandoned toddler with phone number on his shoes at the border

April 23, 2019 US 2 Views Breaking News Emails Get urgent news alerts and special reports. April 23, 2019, 10:54 UTC By Julia Ainsley WASHINGTON – USA Border Patrol agents found a 3-year-old immigrant alone in a cornfield at the border between Mexico and Texas on Tuesday morning, according to officials for customs and border protection. The boy, in distress and crying when agents found him in the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, Texas, was identified only by a telephone number and his name written on his shoes, officials said. The agents have taken the boy to an American border station and are trying to find their parents with the number of their shoes, the officials said. So far, they have failed and are about to transfer the boy to health and human health care. An American Border Agent carries a three-year-old boy who US Customs and Border Protection was found in a barley field in the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, Texas, April 23, 2019. US Customs and Border Protection Rudy Karish, Head of border patrol in the Rio Grande Valley, said he believes the boy was left by smugglers. Karish said he thinks the boy was with a larger group. When the group met with agents, the adults ran away and left the boy alone. Download the NBC News app to break news and politics. The boy watched movies at the border station and seems to be in a good mood, Karish said. The event marks a flashpoint…

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WASHINGTON – USA Border Patrol agents found a 3-year-old immigrant alone in a cornfield at the border between Mexico and Texas on Tuesday morning, according to officials for customs and border protection.

The boy, in distress and crying when agents found him in the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, Texas, was identified only by a telephone number and his name written on his shoes, officials said.

The agents have taken the boy to an American border station and are trying to find their parents with the number of their shoes, the officials said. So far, they have failed and are about to transfer the boy to health and human health care.

An American Border Agent carries a three-year-old boy who US Customs and Border Protection was found in a barley field in the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, Texas, April 23, 2019. US Customs and Border Protection

Rudy Karish, Head of border patrol in the Rio Grande Valley, said he believes the boy was left by smugglers. Karish said he thinks the boy was with a larger group. When the group met with agents, the adults ran away and left the boy alone.

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The boy watched movies at the border station and seems to be in a good mood, Karish said.

The event marks a flashpoint in the rising number of families and children crossing the border in recent months. In March, a total of 8,975 children traveling without their parents, but usually in groups, were arrested at the southern border. The number of families who have crossed has also climbed, with 53 077 parents and children crossing the border together last month.

In December, two young children were killed in the Customs and Border Guard shortly after reaching the United States with their parents.

The trip to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has long been a difficult but popular, with immigrants risking dangerous water to float or swim across the river from Mexico to Texas.

Border agents are still looking for the boy’s parents or anyone can provide additional information.

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