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Border agents in Tijuana were horrified to find a couple trying to sneak a tiny corpse across the border! Johnny Lewis Hartley and Mercy Mary Becerra had the body of a 2-year-old girl in a duffel bag while trying to cross into Mexico at a pedestrian walkway. Hartley had been pulled aside by the border agents, and the Mexico border agents discovered the couple's horrible secret when they put the bag through an X-ray machine!
MARCH 10, 2014. TIJUANA, MEXICO. United States Customs and Border Protection officers span the nort
Becerra (aka Mercedez Hartley) attempted to flee the scene and was arrested. Johnny was also detained, and the two were transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. Homicide detectives from the San Diego Police Department then took them in for questioning. According to her Facebook profile, Becerra is the mother of nine children.
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Authorities, however, say that the dead child is not related to either Hartley or Beccerra. According to this social media post discovered by The National ENQUIRER
, Mercedes has been sought before in connection with other cases where people have gone missing.
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The creepy couple — who live in Whittier, Calif.— are now facing charges of first-degree murder and facing counts of first-degree murder and child cruelty. Hartley is a known gang member with a long arrest record. Beccera has also done time for drug dealing. The San Diego homicide detectives are appealing to the public for any information about the doomed child.