Father ‘threw his eight-month-old son into the East River and then fled to Thailand’: Cops launch global manhunt for dad of toddler found floating off Manhattan
The father who is alleged to have thrown his infant son into the East River on Sunday is feared to have fled to Thailand.
New York police have identified the parents of the baby who was found in the waters off South Street Seaport in Manhattan on Sunday.
After seeing news reports about the dead baby, the mother walked into a Manhattan police precinct and told officers she was worried because her estranged partner did not return earlier in the day with their infant son, according to the New York Post.
The baby’s father was supposed to return after a scheduled weekend visit.
The mother told police she believes that the father flung their 8-month-old son into the East River, WNBC-TV reported.
When police began searching for the baby’s father at his home in the Bronx, he was not there, according to the Post.
Investigators then reviewed surveillance footage which showed the father with his son earlier in the day.
In footage from later that same day, the baby was nowhere to be found.
Now police are in touch with authorities in Thailand in an effort to track down the father.
Investigators still do not know if the baby was alive when he went into the water.
Authorities have so far declined to publicly identify the parents.
Police want to know: How long was the boy in the water before an Oklahoma family spotted him Sunday afternoon?
Why was he wearing only a diaper?
Where are the adults who were supposed to be caring for him?
A medical examiner will determine how the boy, about 8 months old, died.
Police say he showed no signs of trauma.
Diana Campbell, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, first noticed the baby around 4pm Sunday.
Her husband, Monte Campbell, waded into shallow water near the Manhattan shoreline, retrieved the baby and started CPR.
‘She just called me over and said there was a baby in the water,’ Monte Campbell said.
‘I called 911. At that point, I thought it was a doll.’
He said the baby wasn’t breathing and showed no pulse.
Police officers arrived minutes later and took the baby onto the pedestrian walkway, where they continued CPR before the baby was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
No parent or guardian was present at the scene, police said.
The East River running between Manhattan and Brooklyn is a heavily trafficked tidal estuary subject to strong currents.
Both park-lined shorelines are usually teeming with tourists this time of year. – AP
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