Friday, May 27

Four people, including a baby, freeze to death on the US-Canada border

A Florida man is accused of abandoning four people who were trying to cross into Canada.

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The discovery of four bodies, including that of a baby and a teenager, in Canada near the US border, led to Florida man to be charged with human smuggling Thursday.

According to authorities, it would be a failed attempt to cross the border during a freezing blizzard.

Steve Shand, 47, was charged with human smuggling after seven Indian nationals were found in the United States and the discovery of the bodies, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota reported.

To support Shand’s arrest, one of the court documents filed Wednesday indicates that one of the individuals spent a significant amount of money to come to Canada on a fraudulent student visa.

John Stanley, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations, stated in official documents that the investigation into the death of the four people in Canada is ongoing along with an investigation into a larger human smuggling operation that Shand is suspected of being a part of.

On Wednesday, Border Patrol in North Dakota detained a 15-passenger van Just south of the Canadian border, which the defendant was driving, court documents allege he was with two undocumented Indian nationals.

Almost at the same time, Five other people were spotted by police in the nearby snow. The group, who were also Indian nationals, told officers they had been walking for more than 11 hours outside in frigid conditions.

UA woman stopped breathing several times while being taken to the hospital and was going to require a partial amputation of his hand. A man was also hospitalized for frostbite but was later released.

Another of the men in the group was carrying a backpack with baby items and said he belonged to a family that had been separated from the group overnight.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy told a news conference in Winnipeg on Thursday that once troopers were notified they the family could still be in Manitoba, officers immediately began searching the area.

After a hard search, authorities found three bodies together, a man, a woman and a baby, just over 6 miles from the border near Emerson, Man. The search continued and a teenage boy was found a short distance away. The four would have put by exposure to low temperatures.

Even though they all wore winter clothes, it was not enough to save them in the freezing conditions.

Shand was arrested Wednesday and remains in custody. US authorities allege in court documents that Shand was likely involved in other border crossings, including two recent incidents in December.

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