Teen couple attempts to pass undocumented infant as daughter at Hidalgo Port of Entry
A teen couple attempted to pass an undocumented infant as their daughter at the Hidalgo Port of Entry on Monday, according to a federal criminal complaint.
Misstika Cedillo and Jesus Delgado Jr., both United States citizens, had applied for entry through the pedestrian lane when Cedillo provided officers with a Social Security card for a 8-month-old infant. Cedillo told officers the infant was her daughter.
When officers referred Cedillo to secondary inspection, she stated again the infant was her daughter. After an inspecting officer noticed an age discrepancy, Cedillo "admitted to the child not being her daughter as she had initially claimed," according to the criminal complaint.
The criminal complaint goes on to read:
Further inspection revealed the defendants were attempting to bring the child into the United States illegally by using a document belonging to their daughter. Defendant DELGADO admitted that his wife had told him they were going to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, to bring a child into the United States using their daughter's document.
Delgado told officers the couple did not know the child, or the child's parents, and were going to be paid $500 for their services.
Officers contacted the child's mother, who said she met Cedillo in Reynosa. The mother and child returned to Mexico without incident, the criminal complaint states.
Cedillo and Delgado were charged with attempting to transport an illegal alien, according to the criminal complaint.
Cedillo's attorney didn't respond to a request for comment. Delgado's attorney couldn't be reached for comment.