abandoned children

JACUMBA — US Border Patrol agents rescued two children who had been abandoned along the border near Jacumba Monday, April 5, according to a press release.

At approximately 3 p.m., agents spotted a man and woman walking just south of the border with two small children. Watching the couple, agents observed them hoist the small children over large boulders in an area where the border wall ends at the side of a mountain abutting the large boulders.

Agents quickly arrived in the area, finding the children alone and crying. The children — a six-year-old boy and five-year-old girl — were unable to communicate with agents except for providing their names.

The children were transported to a nearby Border Patrol station for care and processing. At the station, the children provided agents a handwritten note which had their mom’s name and phone number on it. The siblings also had their mom’s name and phone numbers written in marker on their forearms.

Agents contacted the mother and obtained additional information for the children. The children were processed and will be transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services.

“It is unconscionable that anyone would abandon these small children and those responsible for smuggling events like this will be aggressively prosecuted,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke. “Thankfully, our agents were able to quickly rescue these siblings.”

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