Photo: Mexican Consulate - El Paso
New Mexico authorities and the Mexican Consulate’s office are seeking help in trying to locate the parents or relatives of a toddler they found wondering the desolate New Mexico desert Saturday night.
U.S. Border Patrol was alerted via heat sensor to activity near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Sunland Park borders El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
When they went to investigate, they saw a man and a boy had crossed into the U.S. via a hole in the border fence they had made. The man who reportedly is the boys uncle immediately fled further south into Mexico when authorities arrived on the scene.
The boy was left by himself in the desert in below-40 degree weather. Authorities immediately handed the boy over to child protective services. The child said his name is ‘Adrian’ and is currently with a foster family.
Yesterday a woman came forward, who is Mexican, claiming to be the boy’s grandmother. Another report indicates the mother might have been found. Authorities are investigating all claims. As news spread of the lost boy offers of adoption from U.S. based parents have sprung up.
The toddler thought to be 2-years-old is in good physical condition and speaks only Spanish. Anyone with information about ‘Adrian’ please contact the Mexican Consulate’s Protection Services in El Paso, Texas, who is handling the matter, at 915-549-0003.