Baby's body found floating in river near Brooklyn Bridge

Posted August 09, 2018

Police are investigating the death of a baby boy who was found floating in the Manhattan side of the East River on Sunday afternoon.

Tourists from Oklahoma had seen the boy around 4 p.m. and Monte Campbell went into the water to get him out, his wife said. "My mom, she was out here and she was kind of just looking in the water, and she calls my dad over and says, 'There's a baby in the water!' I called 911. At that point I thought it was a doll", Campbell said. The 8-month-old was unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the embankment on the edge of the East River near Dover Street and South Street under the Brooklyn Bridge.

"That's when I spotted the baby".

Miller says another tourist, who was a doctor, went into the river and began performing CPR on the child. A medical examiner will determine cause of death, the AP reported.

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Diana Campbell, a professional photographer and owner of Dream Image Photography in Stillwater, told local media she took pictures and videos of the infant because, as she was quoted saying, "Someone knows that child".

No parent or guardian was present at the scene, police said.

Police arrived just minutes later and brought the baby onto the pedestrian walkway where they continued CPR until EMS responded.

He said the baby wasn't breathing and showed no pulse. She said the baby was floating about 30 feet offshore.

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