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Dad who ‘killed baby by throwing him into river’ charged with murder

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Zak Eko
Zak Eko, 22, has been charged with killing baby Zakari William Bennett-Eko

A person has been charged with murder after allegedly killing his 11-month-old son by throwing him into a river.

Zak Eko, 22, is accused of of throwing Zakari William Bennett-Eko into the water in his moses basket after going out to purchase milk.

Emergency companies have been referred to as to the River Irwell, in Radcliffe, earlier than 4.25pm, following stories that an toddler had been thrown from a bridge.

The baby boy was then retrieved from the water in a essential situation, however died hours later.

Eko was arrested by police as he sat with different clients within the close by Lock Keeper pub, it was reported.

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The mother of a 12-month-old boy who died when he was thrown off a bridge into a river in his Moses basket has told of her heartbreak and said: 'I lost my baby today.' Emma Blood, 22, has posted an emotional statement on Facebook this morning after her son Zakari plunged to his death into the River Irwell, in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester. The baby's father, named locally as Zak Bennett-Eko, 22, was arrested by police as he sat with customers in the nearby Lock Keeper pub. It is believed he had taken his son out to buy milk.
The 11-month-old was retrieved from the water in a essential situation
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Eko has been charged with murder

Witnesses declare the dad wandered into the pub moments after the boy fell into the water, ordered a drink, sat down and ‘stared’, MailOnline stated.

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Today Zakari’s mum Emma Blood, 22, posted an emotional tribute to her baby, writing that she didn’t know he’d died till she acquired to the hospital.

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She stated: ‘I lost my baby today. I love my little boy and did everything for him. I didn’t know my youngster was useless till I acquired to A&E.

‘We sat with him for hours, we held him, we kissed him and then I left. Let me grieve for my child, my whole world and so much more. I am alive, although I wish I was dead.’

Eko will seem in court docket tomorrow, Greater Manchester Police confirmed.

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The mother of a 12-month-old boy who died when he was thrown off a bridge into a river in his Moses basket has told of her heartbreak and said: 'I lost my baby today.' Emma Blood, 22, has posted an emotional statement on Facebook this morning after her son Zakari plunged to his death into the River Irwell, in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester. The baby's father, named locally as Zak Bennett-Eko, 22, was arrested by police as he sat with customers in the nearby Lock Keeper pub. It is believed he had taken his son out to buy milk.
Emma Blood, 22, shared an emotional publish about her son’s demise
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Floral tributes are left on a bridge in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester following the death of a baby boy in hospital after being rescued from the River Irwell. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2019. The boy, believed to be almost 12 months old, was recovered from the water by firefighters who attended the scene near to Blackburn Street along with other emergency services. He was rushed to hospital but died a short time later. See PA story POLICE Radcliffe. Photo credit should read: Kim Pilling/PA Wire
Police are interesting for witnesses to come back ahead (Picture: PA)

Officers are nonetheless interesting for data from witnesses and the realm surrounding the river stays cordoned off whereas enquiries proceed.

Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels stated: ‘This is an extremely tragic incident that has led to an harmless baby boy dropping his life and we’re doing all the pieces we will to assist his household at this unimaginably devastating time.

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‘I do know his loss will likely be felt by all the group and our ideas are very a lot with his family members this night.

‘A murder investigation is underway and we’re working arduous to piece collectively the circumstances that led to the baby boy ending up within the water.

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‘Whilst we have a man in custody, our investigation is ongoing and I’d urge any witnesses or anybody with any data to get in contact as quickly as doable in order that we will discover out what occurred to him.’

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