In Mexico, authorities find abandoned 2-year-old boy near truck carrying migrants

In Mexico, authorities find abandoned 2-year-old boy near truck carrying migrants

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican authorities on Monday found a boy aged around 2 alone near an overcrowded truck that had transported more than 100 migrants in suffocating conditions, the national immigration institute said.

Not wearing a shirt, the boy stood alone, surrounded by a handful of packaged snacks, half-empty water bottles, clothes from other migrants and black trash bags strewn on the ground, one photograph showed partially unclear published in a press release from the institute.

In the photo, the boy appeared to be holding his face in his hands. Another image apparently taken later showed him dressed and in the custody of state authorities.

A boy, who authorities believe to be around 2 years old, was found alone near an overcrowded truck that had transported more than 100 migrants in suffocating conditions on the Ocozocuautla-Las Choapas road in Veracruz state, Mexico , June 28, 2021. National Institute for Migration / via Reuters

Most travelers fled before authorities arrived at the scene, but eight Central American adults who remained behind described the situation and said migrants asked the driver to stop after several fainting spells from dehydration and lack of air, the institute said in a statement.

“None of the adults said he was a relative of the minor,” the statement said, adding that authorities were in contact with the Guatemalan consulate as the boy may be from that country.

Thousands of Central American children have crossed illegally from Mexico to the United States without their parents this year, according to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data.

Last week, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visited a border patrol facility near the U.S.-Mexico border and urged a focus on children and practical solutions to migration.

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