'I thought it was a doll': Baby found floating in river dies

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Campbell said he "walked out mid-thigh level" in the East River and retrieved the baby and started CPR. The baby was wearing only a diaper as it bobbed face-up in the water.

The body of a baby boy was recovered in New York City yesterday close to one of the city's most famous landmarks.

Diana Campbell initially spotted the infant floating by a pile of debris about 30 feet offshore, prompting her husband, Monte, to recover the body from the water's edge.

Authorities said he showed no signs of trauma. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

Chiropractor Monte Campbell said his wife, Diana Campbell, first noticed the baby.

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Her husband, Monte Campbell, who is a chiropractor, told the Times he called 911 and that when he was put on hold he chose to make sure it was a real baby and not a doll. "So I handed the phone to her and got the baby".

The baby, later determined to be about 8 months old, was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. There was no respiration nor 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.

It wasn't clear how long the baby had been in the water.

Police arrived on the scene minutes later and brought the baby onto a pedestrian walkway and continued CPR.

Mrs Campbell said she took photos of him in the hope that they would help to find his parents.