The New York City Police Department has identified the man accused of throwing his infant son off the Brooklyn Bridge over the weekend. They said that 37-year-old James Currie was taken into custody after he disembarked from a plane in Bangkok, Thailand. He is expected to be sent back to the United States by next week to face a felony charge of concealment of a human corpse.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said that Currie picked up his son from the home of the boy's mother and brought the child to his apartment in the Bronx, where they believe he died. Video surveillance showed Currie leaving his apartment the following day with a backpack that he had fashioned into a baby carrier.
He was later captured on video downtown near the Brooklyn Bridge carrying the backpack, which was found floating near the child in the East River. Less than 24 hours later, Currie boarded a flight to Bangkok.
Police said they could file more charges against Currie once they complete an autopsy.
The seven-month-old was discovered floating in the water by a family who was visiting New York City from Oklahoma, who attempted to save the infant.