8-Month-Old’s Body Found Floating In Manhattan’s East River

Leroy Wright
August 7, 2018

A baby boy was pronounced dead on Sunday after tourists found him floating in New York's East River wearing only a diaper, police said.

The two witnesses separately called 911 after it was reported that the baby was discovered in the waters off lower Manhattan at about 4 p.m. Sunday, sources said. No parents or guardians were present at the scene.

Tourists from Oklahoma, the Campbell family was taking in the view under the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge Sunday afternoon when mother Diana Campbell made a heartbreaking discovery. Officers saw the 8-month-old unconscious and unresponsive lying on the embankment on the edge of the East River near Dover Street and South Street under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Her husband, Monte Campbell, who is a chiropractor, told the Times he called 911 and that when he was put on hold he decided to make sure it was a real baby and not a doll.

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Passersby immediately gathered at the sidewalk taking photos of the scene as firefighters were attending to the incident. No one on the ground was hurt and there were no other passengers in the plane.

Police arrived just minutes later and brought the baby onto the pedestrian walkway where they continued CPR until EMS responded. The child was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. He said the baby had no respiration and didn't show a pulse. "It just doesn't seem real.it's just, I don't know, I didn't expect this when I came here", Austin Campbell said.

The location near the South Street Seaport on the heavily-trafficked East River, a tidal estuary subject to strong currents, divides Manhattan from Brooklyn.

'When i spotted the baby it's little head was under the water but his little legs were over. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

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