CALEXICO, California — U.S. border agents rescued a 4-year-old girl who had been abandoned by smugglers as they tried to cross into the United States, authorities said.
A patrol monitoring the El Centro sector near Calexico spotted a group of people attempting to cross into the U.S. early Sunday morning. As they moved to stop them, they spotted a man running back towards Mexico, where he hopped into a car and drove away.
But while conducting a quick search of the area, officers spotted the little girl standing alone in the desert. The child was in good health and was carrying a birth certificate that stated she was born in Guatemala and information about who her parents are.
“Who in their right mind abandons a four-year-old little girl in the middle of a vast desert,” said Custom and Border Protection Services Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim, according to KNSD-TV. “It sickens me to think that someone would leave a child that young to fend for herself.”
Temperatures in the area were expected to reach the low 90s this week. The girl was taken back to the CBP office nearby where she was given some food. She is awaiting a hearing to determine whether she will be deported.