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Woman charged with trying to smuggle baby into U.S.

A woman was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle a toddler into the United States through the Douglas Port of Entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Abigail Meraz Valenzuela, 20, was detained and charged with alien smuggling after CBP officers questioned her and found her story about bringing the 2-year-old in a stroller into the country suspicious, said Chief Edith Serrano, a CBP spokeswoman.

"The outcome was she was getting paid to bring the child into the U.S.," Serrano said about the line of questioning Meraz received.

Serrano said officers became suspicious because the woman was not a regular among the border-crossers they see each day at the port who attempt to enter the country with children.

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