Consulate IDs toddler found in field

BROWNSVILLE — The Mexican Consulate in Brownsville says the 3-year-old child apparently abandoned by smugglers earlier this week is from Acapulco, Mexico.

A consulate staffer said his name is Angel.

“He was transferred yesterday (Thursday) morning to the (Office of Refugee Resettlement) Shelter located in Dallas, Texas,” the staffer said in an email. “His parents are also Mexican Citizens and they live in another state.”

The child made national headlines as major networks aired photos released by Border Patrol showing the child playing on a computer with agents at the Fort Brown Border Patrol Station early Tuesday morning after agents found him crying and alone in a field.

The discovery followed the attempted apprehension of a group of people suspected of entering the country illegally.

Angel didn’t speak well enough to tell the agents who he was and the only clue they had was his name and a phone number written on his shoe.

Border Patrol medically evaluated him after the discovery and he is in good health.

The Associated Press reported Border Patrol apprehended nearly 9,000 unaccompanied minors just in March and more than 20,000 since January, as border crossings surged compared to recent levels.

Most minors are usually teenagers from Central America who travel north on their own, but some are young children who arrived with an adult relative or a human smuggler. And parents carrying infants or holding the hands of young children arrive daily.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated to remove a photo of a child not related to this case.