NEW YORK – A man who fled to Thailand allegedly after throwing his dead 7-month-old son in a river has returned to New York and was arrested.
James Currie, 37, was escorted off a plane at Kennedy Airport late Thursday and handed over to the police and the border agents. He is confronted with a likely arraignment Friday on charges of concealing a human corpse.
The Bronx father is accused of throwing the lifeless body of his son, Mason Saldana, in the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge last Sunday. A tourist saw the child’s diaper-clad body and bathe in the water to retrieve it.
As of late Thursday, investigators are still trying to determine how the child died. Additional charges against Currie could be filed pending an autopsy.
New York City police say that Currie, who lives separately from the child’s mother, took the baby to his Bronx apartment around 12:30 Saturday, under a guardianship arrangement. Researchers have established that the child was dead before he was in the river.
The police detectives have obtained security camera video that Currie walk in the direction of the river Sunday wearing a backpack. The bag was later found floating in the river in the vicinity of the body of the child.
Currie flew to Bangkok on Monday afternoon. An immigration spokesman of the police in Thailand, Col. Cherngron Rimpadee, told The Associated Press that by the time Currie landed, authorities had been informed that the police in the US were looking for him.
“American officials reported to us that he is a wanted person in the United States, so we rejected his entry into the country,” he said. Immigration officials denied him admission to Thailand.
The mother of the baby told the police in New York that she was scared Monday when Currie failed to drop off their child at the daycare on Monday. She called 911, police said, telling the dispatcher that she had seen news reports about a baby found in the river and feared that it was her son.