Caught on camera: Smuggler leaves boy at laundromat

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by KHOU.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM

LOS FRESNOS, Texas -- Police say a woman helped smuggle a toddler into the United States then abandoned the boy at a South Texas laundromat.

The pair was caught on camera in Los Fresnos across the border from Matamoros, Mexico.

Surveillance video showed the woman walk the 3-year-old boy into the laundromat then turn around and leave.

According to police, she then called 911 to report the boy, which led police right to her.

The boy was carrying a birth certificate from El Salvador and his parents' phone number.

Police said they had paid smugglers to bring the boy to them in New York, but they didn't make it very far.

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