Dad arrested on suspicion of murder after 'throwing baby boy from bridge' into river in Manchester

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Eleven-month-old Zakary Bennett died in hospital after being pulled from the water (Family handout)

The 22-year-old father of a baby who died after reportedly being thrown into a river in Manchester has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Zak Eko Bennett was detained by police inside the Lock Keeper pub in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, at around 4.30pm on Wednesday, according to The Sun.

Police were called to reports that a child was in the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, shortly before 4.25pm on Wednesday.

A baby boy has been died after reportedly being thrown from a bridge in Manchester
Police were called to reports that a child was in the River Irwell in Radcliffe on Wednesday (SWNS)

The boy, 11-month-old Zakari Bennett, was recovered from the water by firefighters who attended the scene near to Blackburn Street along with other emergency services.

He later died in hospital.

Zakari’s mum Emma Blood paid tribute to her “baby boy” in an emotional Facebook post that has now been deleted.

It is understood police are treating the matter as a domestic incident (SWNS)
A suspect remains in custody for questioning (SWNS)

Zakari’s father remains in custody for questioning, Greater Manchester Police said.

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.

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"I know his loss will be felt by the entire community and our thoughts are very much with his loved ones this evening.

"A murder investigation is under way and we are working hard to piece together the circumstances that led to the baby boy ending up in the water.

"Whilst we have a man in custody, our investigation is ongoing and I'd urge any witnesses or anyone with any information to get in touch as soon as possible so that we can find out what happened to him.”

Tributes to the baby have begun lining up at the bridge (SWNS)
The boy was recovered from the water but died later in hospital (SWNS)

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were called at 4.28pm to a rescue of a person in water in Pilkington Way, Radcliffe.

"Fire engines from Whitefield, Farnworth and Eccles attended the incident along with a water incident unit from Eccles.

"Crews rescued one casualty who was then handed over to NWAS (North West Ambulance Service)."

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.

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