U.S to probe alleged abuse of migrant children by border agents

U.S authorities said they are investigating allegations of abuse of migrant children by border agents, including the groping of a Honduran teenage girl, at a facility near the southern border with Mexico.

The allegations were reported by 'NBC News', which cited official reports of the incidents -- including the children's accounts -- at a Customs and Border Protection facility in Yuma, Arizona, where the migrants were held.

One incident involved a 15-year-old girl from Honduras, who alleged that a border agent put his hand inside her bra, then pulled down her underwear and groped her in front of other migrants and officials during what 'NBC News' said should have been a routine pat-down.

The girl said in her account that "she felt embarrassed as the officer was speaking in English to other officers and laughing," 'NBC' reported.

The U.S Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP), which has faced severe criticism over its treatment of detained migrants, said it takes "all allegations seriously and investigate all formal complaints."

(with news agency inputs)