A father who fled to Thailand after throwing his seven-month-old dead son into a river sent a chilling text to the mother as she fled about her son's fate, prosecutors say.
James Currie, 37, was abroad fleeing on Wednesday, when he sent a text message to his son's mother to tell him that he would never see his son again, according to a criminal complaint. .
In another message he boasted that he would not be caught and said, "I'm not in the United States," and "The good news is that we will never see each other again."
Currie was arrested by immigration authorities when he arrived in Bangkok and was extradited to the United States on Thursday.
On Friday, he appeared in the Manhattan state court where he was accused of hiding a human corpse. Police say they can face additional charges once they determine the cause of death of their son Mason Saldana.
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James Currie appears in the Manhattan criminal court during his appearance on Friday, accused of throwing his seven-month-old son into the East River
Attorney Norman Williams, left, talks to Currie during his arraignment. The 37-year-old man was extradited to New York yesterday after he tried to flee to Thailand
Currie had picked up the baby from the home of the boy's mother on Saturday and took him to his apartment in Co-Op City, in the Bronx.
The videotape of security showed Currie, who lives separated from the child's mother, entering his apartment building on Saturday afternoon with the child, "who can be seen moving their limbs."
The next day, he was seen leaving his house with a large backpack covered with a blanket and Currie was seen walking near South Street Seaport, in Manhattan, which overlooks the river.
About an hour later, two tourists saw a baby's body after it washed on the embankment of the East River under the Brooklyn Bridge, wearing only a diaper.
The tourist, Mount Campbell of Oklahoma, had forded the river and tried to revive the lifeless baby. The baby was later identified as Mason.
The police believe that the baby was already dead when he was thrown into the river.
On Monday, Currie boarded a flight to Thailand, but later that afternoon, police received a 911 call from Mason's 36-year-old mother, worried that her son had not been dropped off at daycare.
Police were alerted on Sunday when tourists saw the body of a baby in the East River reservoir. In the image: an officer of the New York Police Department stands guard while the authorities investigate the scene
The baby's body was found in the East River about an hour after Currie was seen walking near South Street Seaport
Monte Campbell, Stillwater, Okla., To the right, stands under the Brooklyn Bridge in the Manhattan neighborhood after jumping into the East River of New York to try to revive the baby
A small crowd gathered under the Brooklyn Bridge where the baby's body had washed on Sunday
The police also patrolled the river after the spooky discovery. Since then, Currie has been arrested and faces a felony charge of covering up a human corpse and could face additional charges once authorities determine the cause of death.
The cops say that the mother, who is separated from Currie, had heard about the baby found in the East River and was terrified that it could be Mason.
"I do not think anyone can hear the call without curdled blood," NYPD chief investigator Dermot Shea told ABC's New York affiliate. & # 39; This is clearly something that no parent should have to live. & # 39;
Police say that Currie had flown to Bangkok on Monday afternoon, changing flights along the way.
An immigration police spokesman in Thailand, Colonel Cherngron Rimpadee, told The Associated Press that by the time Currie landed, days later, the immigration authorities had been informed that they were looking for him in the United States and detained him.
Police say that Currie, 37, (in the picture was taken from the 5th Precinct in New York City) had flown to Bangkok on Monday afternoon, changing flights along the way
He was sent back to the US UU., Where he was escorted from an airplane at Kennedy airport on Thursday afternoon and handed over to police and border agents.
On Friday, he was escorted out of the police station to appear before the court where he was ordered to be held without bail.
He was sent back to the US UU., Where he was escorted from an airplane at Kennedy airport on Thursday night and handed over to police and border agents.
Currie was ordered to keep him without bail on Friday at an appearance in a state court in Manhattan, where Assistant District Attorney Shawn McMahon said he had been caught "literally on the other side of the world."
Later, defense attorney Norman Williams said: "Everyone needs to keep an open mind and not condemn this man until he sees evidence that he did something wrong."
The results of the autopsy are pending.
A neighbor of Currie told ABC News that he appeared to be a normal neighbor.
"He was friendly, he greeted and said goodbye," he said.