A special unit consisting of Texas Rangers rescued a 6-month-old girl allegedly thrown into the Rio Grande by smuggler who had just assaulted the infant’s mother, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The rangers involved in the rescue were members of the South Texas Special Operations Group, Texas Rangers Division. The unit assisted U.S. Border Patrol in the incident.
DPS said the child’s mother suffered a broken leg after she was assaulted by the smugglers.
According to a DPS Facebook post, the “specialized group is a highly trained tactical team whose primary responsibility is to carry out specific missions, usually along the Texas-Mexico border region or wherever needed.”
The unit is designed to conduct both overt and covert operations in remote areas where conventional law enforcement cannot operate.
“The teams focus is to gather intelligence, conduct interdiction, and disruption of criminal activity usually associated with drug cartels,” DPS said.