UPDATE: Mother, 2-year-old found in desert reunited on Santa Fe Bridge
POSTED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 5:06pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 11:27am
Sunland Park, NM (KTSM) —
UPDATE (Wednesday, December 11th 4:00pm):
Officials from the Mexican Consulate have confirmed to News Channel9 that the mother of 2-year-old Adrian will be reunited with the boy on the Santa Fe Bridge at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. We have a crew on the scene and we will continue to follow the story.
UPDATE (Tuesday, December 10):
Sunland Park Police Department posted a message on their Facebook page at approximately 1:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon confirming that they believe they have located "Adrian's" mother and are actively working on an exchange. We will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.
EARLIER STORY: Authorities are trying to find the parents of a two-year-old boy whose uncle left him in a desert area near Sunland Park, New Mexico. The boy told agents his name is Adrian.
According to Venessa Martinez, U.S. Border Patrol agent in El Paso, Adrian and his uncle crossed into the United States from Mexico through a hole in the fence they made. They triggered motion sensors in the desert near Anapra and Posey roads, and an agent responded to the area. The agent reported that the pair was hiding behind bushes.
"When the Border Patrol agent approached them and asked him who he was, he said that he was the child's uncle and ran back into Mexico when asked what his citizenship was," said Martinez.
The agent turned Adrian over to Sunland Park police, who then turned him over the Child Protective Services in New Mexico. He is said to be in good condition.
Martinez said it is still unclear if Adrian is an American or Mexican citizen. She said right now the focus if finding his parents.
A woman who has lived in the Anapra neighborhood in Sunland Park for 11 years said although there has been increased border patrol presence in the area, it is normal to see people cross the border illegally and run past her home.
"Before it was almost every day, in groups of up to six people, about three times a day," the woman said.
However, she was surprised to hear that this case involved such a young child because she said she usually sees kids who are at least six or seven years old.
The woman said she does not understand why the boy's uncle left the child alone.
"Fear, maybe. I honestly don't know why he would've left the boy. I wouldn't have," she said.
If the man is found, Martinez said it is still unclear if he will face charges in either the United States or Mexico.
If you recognize Adrian, or know who his parents are, contact the Sunland Park Police Department at 575-526-0795