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Girl, 3, reunited with mom after being snatched by human smuggler

A 3-year-old Guatemalan girl was reunited with her mother in Nogales on Friday after Mexican authorities rescued the child from a human smuggler, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday.

Nogales Station agents apprehended the mother, a Guatemalan national, on Thursday for entering the country illegally. She told the agents a human smuggler had taken her 3-year-old daughter from her and fled into Mexico, the Border Patrol said.

Agents contacted Mexican authorities who were able to find the girl after an all-night search, and by Friday morning they escorted the child to the DeConcini Port of Entry where she was reunited with her mother, the Border Patrol said.

"This young mother was fortunate to have been reunited with her daughter, but we can’t always count on good luck. Smugglers should not be trusted," said Julia Guzman, of the Guatemalan Consulate.

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A mother and child, both of Guatemala, are reunited at the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales on Friday after a human smuggler took the child from her mother and fled into Mexico.