Jose Feliciano allegedly choked his son to death when he wouldn't stop crying

By Tim Nudd
Updated December 21, 2015 09:40 AM
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A Bronx man charged with killing his 2-month-old son was seen in surveillance tapes on the night of the alleged murder carrying a duffel bag that might have contained the infant’s body, according to his building superintendent.

Jose Feliciano, 51, has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and manslaughter of a person less than 11 years old, the NYPD confirms to PEOPLE.

The baby, Mason Whyte, died Dec. 10 after Feliciano allegedly smothered and choked him because he wouldn’t stop crying, police said Sunday, according to The New York Times. Sometime afterward, Feliciano and the boy’s mother, Danielle Whyte, 31, allegedly traveled upstate and left the body in a wooded area of Dutchess County.

Surveillance tapes from the night of Dec. 10 allegedly show Feliciano leaving his Bronx apartment building carrying a bag. The building’s superintendent said police told him the bag might have contained the baby’s body, the Times reported.

The NYPD would not confirm any suspicions about the security footage to PEOPLE early Monday.

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The crime came to light only late last week, when Danielle Whyte attempted suicide by taking pills, reports the New York Post. She confessed at the hospital, said police, who then found the baby’s body on Saturday in a shallow grave in Dover, New York.

No charges have been filed against Whyte, WABC-TV reports. Feliciano allegedly told Whyte he would kill her as well if she went to the police, though he later confessed to the alleged crime when questioned.

“He was nothing but a troublemaker,” the Bronx building superintendent, who was not identified, told the Times. Whyte, meanwhile, was a “kind and quiet woman” who often kept to herself because her boyfriend “was always trying to control her,” the superintendent said.