Mom reunited with son after husband abandoned him in Mexico

Honduran boy, 2, is reunited with his mother nearly three weeks after his father abandoned him next in US-bound truck in Mexico crammed with more than 100 migrants

  • Wilder Ladino Garcia, 2, was reunited with his mother, Lorena Garcia, on Friday
  • It comes nearly three weeks after Mexican agents found him abandoned in Veracruz
  • The boy and his father, Noel Ladino, were on a cargo truck with more than 100 migrants bound for the United States when the driver abandoned them June 28
  • After the driver heard banging and screams from people crammed in the back who could not breathe, he allowed the migrants out 
  • Authorities found a 25-year-old man suffocated to death and Wilder Ladino standing next to the vehicle, crying and half-naked 
  • Noel Ladino left the child behind and remains under arrest in Mexico 

By Reuters and Adry Torres For Dailymail.com

Published: 21:32, 18 July 2021 | Updated: 16:31, 22 July 2021

A two-year-old boy has been reunited with his mother in Honduras after Mexican agents found him abandoned and crying next to a tractor-trailer bound for the United States. 

Wilder Ladino Garcia was flown home on Friday to the northern city of San Pedro Sula where his mother, Lorena Garcia, 23, was waiting for him. 

The toddler had spent almost 20 days in the custody of Mexican authorities after they found him next to the truck, which had been crammed with more than 100 illegal migrants, on June 28 in Mexico. 

The child, who is in good condition, was welcomed home Saturday by his sister, Nancy Abigail Ladino, grandparents, uncles and cousins with a cake, fireworks and a sign reading, ‘Welcome back Wilder,’ in the poor western rural town of Cabanas.

‘Never again will I let my child go. I’m so happy to have him with me,’ his mother told Reuters by phone. ‘Eating beans and corn, we’ll get by. 

Lorena Garcia with her two-year-old son, Wilder Ladino, and her daughter Nancy Abigail Ladino. Garcia was reunited with Wilder Ladino last Friday, in Honduras, nearly three weeks after the boy was found June 28 by authorities on the side of a road in Veracruz, Mexico, next to an abandoned cargo truck bound for the United States with more than 100 migrants.

The driver or his companion reportedly open the freight container’s doors and allowed them to leave after hearing banging and screams from the individuals who could not breathe. His father, Noel Ladino, left him behind and is remains under arrest in Mexico

Mom reunited with son after husband abandoned him in Mexico

Wilder Ladino tastes a piece of cake at a party that was held for him at his home in Honduras on Saturday. Ladino made international headlines June 28 when Mexican security forces found him crying and half-naked next to an abandoned tractor-trailer in Veracruz. He was traveling with his father, Noel Ladino, and more than 100 migrants who were bound for the United States border.

The driver pulled the truck over on the side of a road before the migrants, who could not breathe inside the cargo area, fled. Ladino, for reasons unknown, was left behind by his father

Mom reunited with son after husband abandoned him in Mexico

Wilder Ladino was found standing next to an abandoned cargo truck in Veracruz, Mexico, on June 28. The two-year-old was reunited with his mother in Honduras on Friday

Garcia, who works as a farmer, said her husband Noel Ladino set off with their son in a bid to migrate to the United States with a human smuggler.

The journey to the southwestern United States border unraveled June 28 when the driver pulled over the truck on the side of a road in Veracruz, Mexico, amid banging and screams from the migrant passengers who were crammed inside the freight container.

Survivors told Mexican authorities that the driver or his companion opened the trailer’s doors and allowed the migrants, most of them Central Americans, to leave the cargo area. 

A 25-year-old man suffocated to death and at least seven adult males, who were suffering from heat-related illnesses, were spotted near the truck and provided medical assistance.

Agents found a half-naked Wilder Ladino standing in front of a guard rail near the shirtless body of an adult male who was lying on the road pavement.

It was unclear why the father and son became separated before the boy was found by Mexican authorities. 

Mom reunited with son after husband abandoned him in Mexico

Wilder Ladino made international headlines June 28 when Mexican security forces found him crying and half-naked next to an abandoned tractor-trailer in Veracruz. He was traveling with his father, Noel Ladino, and more than 100 migrants who were bound for the United States border.

The driver pulled the truck over on the side of a road before the migrants, who could not breathe inside the cargo area, fled. Ladino, for reasons unknown, was left behind by his father

Mom reunited with son after husband abandoned him in Mexico

Doris Audeli Leon embraces her nephew Wilder Ladino in his return home to Honduras

Elated to have her son back in her arms, Garcia lamented not being able to reunite as well with her husband, who she said is detained in Mexico. 

‘I hope he comes back to help us too,’ Garcia said.

The young family survived on Noel Ladino’s precarious salary of 100 lempiras a day, the equivalent of £4, when he could find work, which is scarce in the area, Garcia said.

They are among the thousands of people living in Cabanas in the mountains of the Copan department of Honduras, where 94% of the inhabitants are poor, according to official data.

Mom reunited with son after husband abandoned him in Mexico

The truck was ferrying more than 100 migrants headed for the United States, including two-year-old Wilder Ladino, on June 28 in Veracruz, Mexico, when the driver pulled over on the side of the road and allowed them to exit the truck after hearing loud banging and screams as the individuals complained of being unable to breathe. A 25-year-old man suffocated to death

Mom reunited with son after husband abandoned him in Mexico

A group of migrants were treated for heat-related illnesses after they were spotted outside the abandoned cargo truck in Mexico

Mom reunited with son after husband abandoned him in Mexico

In June, Border Patrol agents detained 34,969 Hondurans migrants for trying to unlawfully pass through the United States-Mexico border, an 8.8 percent increase from the previous month when 32,131 people from the Central American nation were stopped.

Hundreds of thousands of Hondurans, including families with children, have set off for the United States in recent years to escape poverty, violence and corruption. Many are turned back by Mexico or the United States.

There has been an increase this year in unaccompanied children, mainly from Central America, arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, even as President Joe Biden’s administration warns migrants not to come. 

U.S.

Customs and Border Protection latest monthly report showed U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped 188,829 individuals attempting to cross into the United States along the southwest border region in June, a five percent increase from May when 180,034 migrants were encountered.

In June, Border Patrol agents detained 34,969 Hondurans migrants for trying to unlawfully pass through the United States-Mexico border, an 8.8 percent increase from the previous month when 32,131 people from the Central American nation were stopped.

Mom reunited with son after husband abandoned him in Mexico

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Border Patrol agents stopped 188,829 individuals attempting to cross into the United States along the southwest border region in June, a five percent increase from May when 180,034 migrants were encountered