Mother and toddler die trying to cross Rio Grande


RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Authorities said a Honduran mother and her toddler have died while trying to cross the Rio Grande River near Brownsville.

The Honduran government has identified the victims as 26-year-old Idalia Yamileth Herrera-Hernandez and her 21-month old son Iker Gael Cordova-Herrera.

The Honduran Foreign Ministry Official said that Hernandez had crossed the border a few months ago successfully. However, after making her request for asylum she was sent to Matamoros to wait for the response.

The official said after several months of waiting in Mexico, Hernandez decided to cross the Rio Grande again last week leading to her and her son’s death.

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