HIDALGO, TX -- During an operation that resulted in the apprehension of 17 undocumented immigrants, Border Patrol agents located a seven-month-old baby.
According to CBP, McAllen agents located the group after a human smuggler rafted them across to the Rio Grande.
The group contained multiple children, including the baby in the company of his 13-year-old brother.
When agents interviewed the 13-year-old from Honduras they learned the children's mother had abandoned them three weeks before they attempted to enter the United States.
Agents were able to verify their relationship after the teenager provided them with two birth certificates.
The children were in good health and did not require medical treatment.
"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," said CBP in a statement. "The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements."