Thursday, August 11, 2016

Couple Arrested For Trying To Smuggle Body Of 2-Year-Old Across Mexico-US Border With Mission Still Unknown

US-Mexico border agents may be used to finding drugs and other contraband, but nothing could prepare them for a particularly gruesome discovery on Tuesday.

San Diego detectives are investigating a southern California couple that were apprehended by Mexican border officials while trying to smuggle the body of a dead toddler into Mexico.

Police told local media in San Diego that a man and a woman were pulled aside at the US-Mexico border after agents at the Tijuana crossing discovered the body of a two-year-old girl.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, law enforcement officials are trying to determine the identity of the child as well as the cause of her death. The couple that were apprehended are not the parents, police say.

The suspects have been identified as Johnny Lewis Hartley, 39, and Mercy Mary Becerra, 43. The two are residents of Whittier, a city which lies just southeast of Los Angeles.

The baby was discovered when Mexican authorities began screening the duffle bag at a pedestrian crossing in San Ysidro just before noon on Tuesday, San Diego police said.

The agents then noticed the body when placing the duffle bag into an X-ray machine.

As Hartley was being handed over to US Customs and Border Protection, his companion, Becerra tried to flee, but she was caught a short time later and also transferred into American custody.

San Diego authorities are planning to charge the couple with one count of murder, though that could change depending on the results of the autopsy.


  1. This woman looks like Vidya's aunt in " Zee World series "The Vow"