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February 20, 2019

Father of baby found dead in East River brought back to New York from Thailand to face charges

August 10, 2018
Police conduct a search after a baby was pulled from the water underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, New York City on Sunday, August 5, 2018. (Gardiner Anderson for New York Daily News)

The father of an infant boy found dead in the East River Sunday is back in New York City and in police custody after he fled to Thailand.

James Currie, 37, of the Bronx, landed in John F. Kennedy Airport Thursday night, after he was detained by Thai authorities in Bangkok, police said. He’ll be charged initially with concealment of a human corpse.

Currie, who works as an MTA station cleaner, picked up his 7-month-old son, Mason Saldana, from the child’s mother at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The boy seen on video footage alive, in his arms, as he walked into his Co-op City building about 20 minutes later.

On Sunday afternoon, Mason’s body surfaced under the Brooklyn Bridge in lower Manhattan. Police suspect Currie killed Mason in his apartment, then stashed his body into a backpack as he walked toward the East River.

On Monday afternoon, he boarded a flight to Bangkok at JFK, and several hours later, Mason’s mom, Julia DeJesus Saldana called police because Currie never returned Mason or dropped him off at day care. She sobbed as she spoke to the operator, because she had heard the news of a child found in the water and feared the worst, police said.

Mason’s cause of death has not yet been determined.

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