SAN YSIDRO, Calif. (WJLA) - A migrant mother from Guatemala was impaled in front of her 3-year-old and 5-year-old children after she fell from the U.S. border wall in San Diego, according to authorities.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents rescued the 26-year-old woman after rebar "pierced her side and buttocks" after she climbed over the border wall near the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Friday.
Officials say the woman was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries and her two children were taken to a hospital for evaluation of potential fall trauma.
â€œEntering our country illegally, particularly over our walls is not only dangerous, but also very foolish," said San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott in a statement. "This woman placed her own life and her childrenâ€™s lives in peril. She could have easily died if not for the quick response by our agents and EMS.â€