FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2018, file photo, a New York Police Department officer stands guard as authorities investigate the death of a baby boy who was found floating in the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge in the Manhattan borough of New York. A Bronx father hopped a plane to Thailand after carrying his dead 7-month-old baby around New York City in a backpack and tossing the boy's body into the river and other tourist hotspots, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted, File)
Photo: Robert Bumsted/AP
Photo: Robert Bumsted/AP

Father of infant found near Brooklyn Bridge fled to Thailand, police say

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James Currie, 37, was brought back to New York and will be charged with concealment of a human corpse after allegedly dumping his 7-month-old son Mason Saldana Sunday, WNBC reported. Currie could face additional charges based on autopsy results.

Mason, who was born in January, was alive when his mother gave the boy to his father around 12:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the couple’s court-stipulated visitation agreement, WNBC reported.

About 24 hours later, the child was likely dead when Currie was seen in surveillance video wearing a backpack fashioned as a baby carrier, covered with a blanket, WNBC reported.

The boy was found by tourists around 4 p.m. floating in the water with a backpack nearby.

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