Seven-Year-Old Drowns in Rio Grande

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Rio Grande River
Rio Grande River

DEL RIO, Texas – Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Del Rio Station were notified that a child was lost while attempting to cross the Rio Grande River, Jan. 18.

Agents were informed by a Venezuelan woman that her child was swept away by the current. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Del Rio Station Boat Patrol Unit were deployed to the area where the incident occurred, in an attempt to locate the child. Border Patrol also contacted law enforcement counterparts in Mexico.

The body of a child matching the mother’s description was found along the riverbank on the Mexico side of the Rio Grande, by Mexican authorities.  The mother was notified and confirmed it was her 7-year-old daughter, also a Venezuelan national.

The mother was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents and processed as per CBP guidelines.

To report suspicious activity, call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.

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