Dad, 22, charged with murder of 11-month-old son 'thrown off bridge into river'

Dad, 22, charged with murder of 11-month-old son 'thrown off bridge into river'

September 12, 2019 By mediabest

THE dad of a baby boy who died after he was allegedly hurled into a river from a bridge has been charged with murder.

Zak Eko, 22, has tonight been remanded in custody and will appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Baby Zakari Bennett-Eko, who was 11 months old, was allegedly tossed into the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, in a Moses basket on Wednesday afternoon.

The tot was rushed to hospital but was sadly pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

A post mortem is due to take place tomorrow.

The boy's mum, Emma Blood, said her son was the "whole world and so much more".

Two fire engines, ambulances, police cars and a police helicopter were scrambled to the scene as a huge emergency response was launched near the town centre.

It is understood members of the public had already tried to rescue Zakari when emergency services – including the police helicopter arrived and managed to pull him from the water.

Tearful mourners, many who were mothers with young children, have left flowers, soft toys and candles at the scene.

A cordon is still in place on Blackburn Street, at the junctions with Stand Lane and Radcliffe New Road, while investigations continue.

DI Wes Knights, of Greater Manchester police, said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident which has taken the life of a baby boy, who we believe is only around 11 months old.

“His family have understandably been left devastated by what has happened.

"We need anybody with information to come forward and help us get answers for this little boy’s loved ones.

“We know that there were a significant number of witnesses to what happened and I want to urge those people to come forward and provide us with as much detail as they can.

“It’s also possible that other people may have information about the circumstances leading up to the incident, as we know the baby had been in the area for a number of hours beforehand.

“Given the time this happened and the large number of witnesses present, we know that some of the incident was captured in images or on video so I want to ask people to provide these to the investigation team.”

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