Body of child believed to be from India found at USA border

Clay Curtis
June 15, 2019

A six-year-old migrant child from India died of heat stroke after her mother left her with other migrants to go in search of water, a medical examiner and U.S. Border Patrol said on Friday.

Authorities say the body of a child believed to be a 7-year-old girl from India has been found near the Arizona-Mexico border.

An aerial image released by the US Customs and Border Protection of the US-Mexico border near Lukeville, Arizona.

Customs and Border Protection, the agency that oversees the border, said temperatures on Wednesday reached 108 degrees in the remote desert region where the group was dropped off. In a statement Thursday, US Customs and Border Protection said the deceased child was believed to be a citizen of India, and that she had been traveling in a group reportedly dropped off near the border "by human smugglers who ordered the group to cross in the risky and austere location".

CBP described the surrounding area on the USA side of the border as "rugged desert wilderness" with "little to no resources". "Within hours, they discovered the little girl's remains".

"Our sympathies are with this little girl and her family", Tucson Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal said.

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Agents used helicopters to search for the people she'd been travelling with and found footprints indicating they returned to Mexico.

The group was trying to get into the USA after human smugglers dropped them off near the Mexico border, the agency said in a statement Thursday.

The numbers of Indians crossing United States borders has steadily risen in recent years.

The agency has repeatedly warned about the dangers of making the trek through Mexico and crossing the southern border illegally into the United States. As a result, many perish along the border every year.

U.S. Border Patrol agents detained two large groups of illegal immigrants consisting of over 400 people within five minutes in the El Paso area on March 19, 2019. They are among thousands of Africans and Asian migrants who fly to third countries and then embark on an arduous trek through Mexico and into the USA southern deserts led by smuggling cartels.

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