MISSION, Texas — The FBI is investigating the deaths of two infants, a toddler and a woman after Border Patrol found their bodies at Las Palomas Wildlife Management area near the Rio Grande River. The agents discovered the bodies about 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, southeast of Anzalduas Park.
Preliminary investigations show the group died from dehydration and heat exposure after crossing the Rio Grande. One Guatemalan migrant says the temperature in the Rio Grande Valley is hotter than in Central America; something they’re not used to.
Dr. David Haman with South Texas Health System says it can take as little as an hour for someone to suffer a heat stroke. “The severity of the heat and the humidity when you get over 75 percent humidity, it increases the risk.”
He adds the heat affects toddlers faster than adults.
“If they don’t have the ability to dissipate or get the sweating and evaporation. And they don’t manage their temperatures as well, they can get hotter quicker. This isn’t like a fever that you get internally from an infection. That has a whole different mechanism. So with children they just don’t tolerate, like infants that don’t have any hair.”
The FBI continues investigating the deaths, but as of now there are no early indicators of foul play.