Texas DPS: 3 year-old drowns while trying to cross the Rio Grande with family members

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The Texas Department of Public Safety is reporting a 3-year-old has drowned in the Rio Grande.

The child was attempting to cross the river with family members at around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, when they were swept away by the current.

DPS Troopers located the child and brought them to the shore where EMS was waiting to bring them to the hospital.

The child was pronounced dead a short time later.

The family was attempting to cross the Rio Grande in an area north of the floating barrier in Eagle Pass.

The child’s death comes a day after the Mayor of Eagle Pass signed an emergency declaration after thousands of illegal immigrants who recently crossed the river are being held under a bridge.

The child’s country of origin has not been released.

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