6-month-old rescued after being thrown into Rio Grande, Texas DPS says

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HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — On March 16, the Texas Department of Public Safety’s South Texas Special Operations Group helped U.S. Border Patrol rescue a 6-month old girl from the Rio Grande River.

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Texas DPS Lt. Christopher Olivarez told KVEO that the mother and child had been waiting in Mexico since December to cross into the U.S.

The mother paid smugglers $3,500 to cross the Rio Grande River into the U.S. The mom was assaulted by the smugglers in Mexico, which resulted in a broken leg, according to Olivarez.

The family of two crossed the river in rafts along with 67 adults and 150 children in Roma.

While crossing the river, the 6-month-old baby was thrown out of the raft.

The child was “safe” and is now with her mother in U.S. Border Patrol Custody.

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