The death of a 7-month-old boy whose body was found floating in the East River has been ruled a homicide, police said Friday.
Mason Saldana, clad in only a diaper, was spotted bobbing in the waters off of the South Street Seaport last August. His father, James Currie, has been charged with dumping the infant’s corpse.
Oklahoma firefighter Monte Campbell, who was in town on vacation, dove into the river to rescue the lifeless infant — but it was too late. Mason was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Currie fled to Thailand after tossing his son’s body but was nabbed days later, police said.
After landing in Bangkok, Currie, 37, allegedly texted the boy’s distraught mom, “You will never see [the victim] again,” according to court papers.
He is now facing charges of concealment of a corpse and is being held without bail pending a court appearance next week.
Police believe the baby died at Currie’s Bronx apartment but it’s unclear how.
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