Advocates for a Guatemalan native living in the U.S. illegally claim that federal immigration agents used the man's 9-year-old son as "bait" to take him into custody.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency didn't immediately respond Saturday to requests for comment.
The Hartford Courant reports Connecticut resident Mynor Espinoza is being held at a federal facility in Massachusetts. He was arrested in June and has a bail hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
Espinoza's lawyer, Yazmin Rodriguez, said Friday that Espinoza's son was picked up about a year ago after he attempted to enter the U.S. unaccompanied and was turned over to Espinoza.
Rodriguez says Espinoza was asked to come in to ICE offices in Hartford to sign papers for his son and was immediately arrested.