Mexican soldier shoots American toddler at US border

Mexican soldier shoots one-year-old American girl at US border after car chase mix-up

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Mexican soldiers guard the Attorney's General Office hangar during the presentation of Gulf Cartel (CDG) drug kingpin Juan Manuel Rodriguez Garcia in Mexico City on May 25, 2014.

A one-year-old American girl was shot in the back by Mexican Army personnel last week after her family’s car got caught in the middle of a car chase as Mexican soldiers followed a vehicle carrying drug suspects in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, officials said.

Mexican authorities and officials in Tamaulipas confirmed reports of the incident on Wednesday.

Guadalupe Salinas, the head of the federal prosecutors’ office in the state, said on Wednesday that another 20-month-old girl in the car was also grazed by a bullet and a woman who is the mother of one of the girls suffered slight wounds from bullet or glass fragments.

The injuries of the 20-month-old-girl were not life-threatening and she was taken to San Antonio, Texas for treatment, Salina added.

The shooting took place last week as the family was apparently visiting relatives. Mexican authorities did not confirm the reports of the incident until Wednesday.

“The soldiers were following an SUV, and at that moment they [the family] got in the middle… they got scared” and came under fire, Salinas said.

“They [the soldiers] thought they were the bad guys. They got to the car and realized that, no, it was women and children.”

Salinas said Mexican government agencies have been in contact the family.

The US Embassy in Mexico City said it was aware of reports that a US citizen had been wounded, has yet provided further information due to privacy considerations.

The incident occured near the town of Camargo, across the US border from Rio Grance City, Texas. The area is controlled by the Gulf cartel and has witnessed turf battles with the rival Zetas cartel.

TRTWorld and agencies