Little boy found in desert by Border Patrol agents
Updated: Sunday, December 8 2013, 09:05 PM MST
By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- Police are asking for help in locating the parents of a toddler found wandering around in the desert.
Border Patrol discovered a 2-year-old boy Saturday night in Sunland Park in a desert area near Posey Road and Anapra Road. Agents were alerted around 7:30 p.m. after sensors went off.
Authorities believe the little boy’s name is Adrian. When agents found him, he wasn't alone.
"There was one adult male. The individual basically relayed to (the agent) that he may or may not have been the uncle of the child. We're not sure who he is and at that point he turned around and ran. He just ran back into Mexico leaving the child there on the ground," said agent Joe Romero.
For the child's safety, agents stayed with the little boy. Authorities are now searching for his parents, but said they aren't sure if he's from the U.S or Mexico.
The Sunland Park Police Department is working with Mexican authorities in trying to find the boy's parents.
It's a story that's gaining a lot of attention on the KFOX14 Facebook page. Concerned parent Michelle Garcia wrote, "Poor baby!!! How could anybody just leave their child???"
But Robby Rob said, "We can't assume the parents left him yet. I hope they are OK.”
Child Protective Services said they're taking care of Adrian until authorities find his parents.
"I think it's just important that the public understand that when situations like this happen we need the full cooperation of the citizenry because we just have no idea who this individual is or who the child is. And we really need to know who this child is so we can reconnect him with his family," said Romero.
If you have any information about Adrian, or know where his parents are, you're asked to call Sunland Park Police immediately at 575-526-0795.