10-month-old boy, Zakari, Died after Allegedly Thrown from Bridge into River in Radcliffe

Tragic baby boy who died after he was allegedly thrown into a river just weeks before his first birthday. The boy was rescued by firefighters at the scene but died in hospital a short time later.

Grief-stricken mum Emma Blood said she held and kissed her 10-month-old son Zakari (Zak) “for hours” in hospital after he was rescued from the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody for questioning. Eyewitnesses said the baby was recovered from the river near around 100 yards down the river from the bridge on Blackburn Street.

Heartbroken Ms Blood wrote on Facebook that she was not present when the incident happened at about 4.30pm on Wednesday.

A JustGiving page set up to pay for Zak’s funeral costs had raised more than £1,800 as of Thursday morning.

Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident that has led to an innocent baby boy losing his life and we are doing everything we can to support his family at this unimaginably devastating time.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 8797 or 101 quoting incident number 1930 of 11/09/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.