Washington, Jun 15: A six-year-old girl from India died after her mother went in search of water, a medical examiner and US Border Patrol said.
The girl, Gurupreet Kaur, was found 17 miles west of Lukeville, just over the US-Mexico border, Arizona on Wednesday when temperatures reached a high of 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 Celsius), sources said.
Pima County Chief Medical Examiner Gregory Hess, said Gurupreet, was about to turn seven, adding that her death was accidental and caused by hyperthermia.
The girl and her mother were among a group of five Indian Nationals dropped off by smugglers in a remote border area on Tuesday.
After walking some way, the girl's mother and another woman went in search of water, leaving her daughter with another woman and her child.
"Once they went to look for water they never saw them again," said US Border Patrol Agent Jesus Vasavilbaso.
The mother and the other woman wandered in the desert and were found at 0800 hrs on Wednesday morning, 22 hours after their drop off, by a Border Patrol agent who tracked their footprints. (UNI)