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      Woman tries to smuggle baby across Hidalgo International Bridge

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      A Mission woman was arrested after she tried to smuggle a baby into the United States.

      Customs and Border Protections (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge stopped the woman as she was attempting to cross.

      The woman, a 19-year-old girl and an 11-month-old boy were traveling in a 1997 Ford Expedition on Saturday evening.

      The woman and teen presented CPB officers with licenses and birth certificates.

      A birth certificate for the baby was also presented and the woman claimed that he was her son.

      After their documents were further reviewed, it was determined that the baby was not related to the woman and that he was a Mexican national.

      The baby TMs biological mother was contacted and she arrived at the bridge to pick her child up.

      This is another failed child smuggling attempt that our officers have foiled due to outstanding attention to detail, said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. The ability to analyze the situation at hand and the excellent persistence to uncover inconsistencies has enabled our officers to detect this alleged smuggling violation.