Eagle Pass Border Patrol Agents Locate a Child in Distress
Two-Year-Old Honduran Taken to San Antonio Hospital
EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station located a child in distress after the group she was traveling with crossed the Rio Grande River near Quemado.
“Del Rio Sector has seen a dramatic increase of groups with children illegally entering the country,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “The challenges faced by our agents when dealing with family units and unaccompanied children are often compounded by serious pre-existing conditions that require immediate medical care.”
On March 25, agents received a call from Mexican authorities that reported a child, who had crossed illegally into the United States, was in distress on the riverbank near Quemado. The child, who was traveling with her mother, was part of a group who had just crossed the Rio Grande River. A CBP helicopter and Border Patrol agents deployed to the area and located the two-year-old child who appeared to be suffering from seizures and convulsions. Agents contacted emergency medical services who took the child into their care and transported her to Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center in Eagle Pass. The child, later determined to be a Honduran national, was later taken by ambulance to San Antonio Children’s Hospital for more advanced care.
“The level of cooperation we’ve received from both the Eagle Pass Fire Department and the medical staff at Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center has been nothing short of exemplary, especially during this recent rise in activity in our area,” said Chief Chavez. “I am extremely proud of our agents and the Air and Marine pilots for their quick action and response locating this child and getting her the care she needed.”
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.