The child's mother "had been assaulted by" the traffickers in Mexico, and she sustained a broken leg, the Texas Department of Public Safety wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday, adding that the baby was recovered by a "specialized group" within the Rangers on March 16.
The post included a photograph of a member of the South Texas Special Operations Group of the Texas Rangers cradling the child.
The Rangers noted the tactical team's "primary responsibility is to carry out specific missions, usually along the Texas-Mexico border region" and "conduct interdiction, and disruption of criminal activity usually associated with drug cartels."
Last week, a 9-year-old Mexican boy died after attempting to get across the Rio Grande into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection disclosed Thursday that Border Patrol agents on boat patrol in Eagle Pass, Texas, discovered the boy, along with a Guatemalan woman and her 3-year-old child, stranded on a tiny island on the Mexican side of the river last Saturday.
All three people were found unresponsive, and agents began administering first aid while taking them to shore. The mother and her 3-year-old regained consciousness, but the boy, tragically, did not.
The Biden administration has faced bipartisan criticism for its handling of an unprecedented influx in the U.S.-Mexico border. Backlash has been primarily pointed at the president's efforts to contain a record surge of unaccompanied migrant children as experts estimate 117,000 solo minors will make their way into the country by the conclusion of the year.
Gov. Greg Abbott, escalating his criticism of the Biden administration's policies at the nation's southern border, warned Wednesday that unaccompanied children crossing into Texas are vulnerable to becoming victims of sex trafficking.
Abbott, a second-term Republican, said the new Democratic president's policy of allowing migrant teenagers to temporarily remain in the United States is "enticing" young people from Mexico, Central America and South America to put themselves at risk.
"We must get to the bottom of the human trafficking and put an end to it," Abbott said during a news conference at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
Photographs have emerged from a crowded facility in Donna, Texas, where children appear to be packed into small spaces while donning emergency blankets. Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat who leaked the pictures, said the tents are referred to as "pods" and hold up to 260 people. However, one particular dormitory was home to 400 migrants at the time of the picture, he told Axios.