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NYPD locate mother of infant found dead in East River, hunt for father continues

August 07, 2018 - 6:14 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- The NYPD says it has located a woman believed to be the mother of a dead infant boy found Sunday afternoon floating in the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge.

"We are in contact with a thirty-six-year-old female whom we believe is the mother of the infant recovered from the East River," an NYPD spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon. "On August 6, 2018,  the mother filed a domestic incident report with the Department. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not yet determined the cause of death of the infant. The investigation is continuing."

The infant's father reportedly has left the U.S. for southeast Asia -- police are looking for him.

The infant -- about 8 months old, according to the city's medical examiner's office -- was found by tourists from Oklahoma wearing only a diaper. 

Police say he showed no signs of trauma.

Diana Campbell, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, first noticed the baby around 4 p.m. Sunday. Her husband, Monte, 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. I called 911. At that point, I thought it was a doll," Monte Campbell said.

He said the baby wasn't breathing and showed no pulse.

Police officers arrived minutes later and brought the baby onto the pedestrian walkway where they continued CPR before the baby was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, police said.