Father of baby pulled from East River arrested

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James Currie appears in Manhattan criminal court during his arraignment, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A man who police say tossed his dead 7-month-old son into a river in New York City has been arrested on a charge of concealing a human corpse.

James Currie, 37, carried the dead baby in a backpack from his apartment in the Bronx before tossing him into the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge.

How the baby died remains unclear.

A tourist from Oklahoma spotted the child's body Sunday. Her husband pulled the lifeless baby from the water and tried to revive him.

Currie tried to flee to Thailand but was stopped at the airport in Bangkok, said police.

Currie was returned to New York on Thursday and placed under arrest early Friday.

Additional charges against Currie could be filed pending an autopsy.

It's not clear if he has an attorney who can speak for him.

With the Associated Press