Father of the dead baby found in New York’s East River held in Thailand, running body in the backpack, police say

The father of a 7 months old baby is wearing him in a backpack, before he the boy’s body in the East River on Sunday, Aug. 5.

(AP photo)

The father of a 7-month-old baby found dead in New York’s East River had been with his son around the body in a backpack before throwing the boy into the water near the Brooklyn Bridge, authorities said Wednesday.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said the father then fled to Thailand.

During a press conference, Shea said James Currie, 37, was stopped by the authorities when he landed in Bangkok and back to New York next week to face a felony charges of concealment of a human corpse. Additional charges may be filed against Currie, depending on the results of the boy’s autopsy.

“This is a sad case,” Shea told reporters.

A New York Police stands guard as authorities investigate the death of a baby boy who was found floating in the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge.

(AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

Currie was captured on surveillance video at the child in his home in the Bronx on Saturday around 1 hour, and the boy appeared to be ‘fine’, ” according to Shea.

Almost 24 hours later, Currie then was spotted leaving his apartment complex wearing a backpack rigged as a baby carrier and covered with a blanket. He was captured on surveillance video around 3:10 p.m. in Lower Manhattan, wearing a backpack in the vicinity of the famous Brooklyn Bridge.


At about 4 p.m., police got a 911 call about a boy floating in the water. The backpack was near the body of the boy.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said that it was a “heartbreaking” case.


“There will not be a good end to this story,” Shea said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the mother.”

The woman who first saw the baby, Diana Campbell, of Stillwater, Okla., told the Associated Press her husband Monte bathe in the shallow water near the Manhattan shoreline, picked up the baby and started CPR. Emergency responders tried to revive the child, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“They called me and said that there is a baby in the water,” Monte Campbell told the AP. “I called 911. At that time, I thought it was a pop.”

The mother of the boy, who has not yet been identified, called 911 around 9 a.m. on the Monday after Currie not come back from her baby as part of their custody agreement, according to Shea. No previous reports about the child or the couple are registered at the city’s children’s services administration.

“We have no red flags that existed before this,” he said.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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