Blog Briefing Room

Border agents find toddler left at border with name written on his shoes

U.S. Border Patrol agents found a 3-year-old boy alone at the Mexico border Tuesday morning, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials announced.

"Early this morning, #USBP Agents found a 3-year-old boy alone and crying in a corn field in TX. He had his name & phone numbers written on his shoes. #CBP is attempting to reach his family," CBP tweeted.

"We believe the boy was with a larger group that ran when they encountered Agents."

The agents then took the boy to a border station and tried to track down his parents using the phone number, according to NBC News, which reported that the toddler was found in the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, Texas.

Officials have thus far been unsuccessful in locating the boy's family and are in the process of sending him to the care of Health and Human Services.

The news comes as border agents and the Trump administration weigh how to grapple with a rising number of families and children crossing the border. Over 53,000 parents and children crossed the border together last month.

Two children died in CBP custody in December shortly after reaching the U.S.

Outbrain