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Siblings abandoned along the border near Jacumba

The boy and girl had the mothers' information written on their forearms

JACUMBA, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Border Patrol agents rescued two abandoned children along the border near Jacumba on Monday.

U.S. Border Patrol agents say they spotted a man and a woman walking south of the border with two small children. They say the couple raised the children over large boulders in the area where the border wall ended.

When agents arrived in the area, they found a six-year-old boy and a five-year-old crying. The children were unable to communicate with the agents.

The agents took the children to the processing center, and one they provided them with a handwritten note with their mother's name and phone number on it. The siblings also had the mom's information on their forearms.

Agents contacted the mother and obtained additional information for the children. The children were taken to the Department of Health and Human Services.

“It is unconscionable that anyone would abandon these small children and those responsible for smuggling events like this will be aggressively prosecuted,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.  “Thankfully, our agents were able to quickly rescue these siblings.”

Immigration / Imperial County
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Mercedes Martinez joined the KSWT team as anchor/producer in October 2020. You can catch her on 13 On Your Side at 4:00pm.

Mercedes was born in San Diego and raised in the border-town of Calexico, California. She is an Imperial Valley native and definitely no stranger to Yuma county.

Mercedes began her journalism career at San Jose State University as she was a part of their campus newscast that aired every Friday, joined “El Espartano Noticias,” and was an on-air talent for the San Jose Film Festival in 2017. Her highlight during that time was the opportunity to interview actress, Jane Lynch.

Mercedes then continued her journey to CSU Sacramento and received her B.A in Journalism and minor in Communication Studies. She did an internship with Telemundo in Sacramento, which allowed her to gain experience and build relationships.

Mercedes believes that everyone has a story and should use their voice to tell it and inspire others.

Outside of work, Mercedes spends time with her friends and family. She is passionate about cooking, baking, traveling, playing guitar and writing songs.


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