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US NewsFather arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'

06:50  13 september  2019
06:50  13 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy ' s first birthday party just days before he ' hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with Zakari Bennett, 11-months, was allegedly thrown into River Irwell in Manchester. A man named locally as Zak Bennett-Eko was arrested on

Father , 22, 'kills his one -year-old boy ' by throwing him off a bridge into a river in Moses basket before A baby has died after being thrown from a bridge into a river in his Moses basket before the A 22-year-old man, believed to be the 11 month old boy ' s father , was arrested as he sat with

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' The man arrested has been named locally as Zak Bennett-Eko (pictured)

A father was planning his son's first birthday party just days before he allegedly threw him to his death into a river in his Moses basket, family members said today.

Zak Bennett Eko, 22, was arrested after baby Zakari died in the River Irwell, in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester at 4.30pm yesterday.

The suspect, who its believed had taken his son out to buy milk after a row with the boys mother, was found minutes later inside the nearby Lock Keeper pub.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In her statement Ms Blood wrote: 'I didn’t know my child was dead until I got to A&E. We sat with him for hours, we held him, we kissed him and then I left'

Police have appealed for witnesses who may have caught the incident on video to come forward.

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The boy's grief-stricken mother Emma Blood, 22, posted an emotional statement on Facebook this morning, telling how she has 'lost my son' and said she 'wished I was dead.'

Describing her son as 'my world, my heart, my soul', Ms Blood, who is believed to be pregnant, told how she spent the final moments with him after his death.

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Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'
Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother'

Zakari's maternal great-grandfather has now revealed how Bennett Eko and Ms Blood were a 'happy couple.'

David Kavanagh, 67, told The Sun: 'I only saw him and his parents on Monday. He was a great lad.

'Emma and Zak seemed like a happy couple, she was a loving mother. She was taking Zakari to playgroup and they were making plans for his first birthday.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Emma Blood (pictured in hospital with her son) has posted an emotional statement on Facebook this morning after the death of her son Zakari, and wrote: 'I love my little boy and did everything for him'

'One of my daughters came round to tell me what had happened. It's the worst thing you could imagine. I was totally shocked.

'It's a terrible tragedy and the family are desperate to know why it happened.'

Paramedics battled to save the boy after he was pulled from the water by firefighters, some 100 yards from the bridge. He was taken to hospital but pronounced dead a short time later.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An photograph posted on Bennett-Eko's Facebook page. It is captioned: 'My little big man'

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information and believe that parts of the incident were captured on camera by members of the public.

Ms Blood wrote today: 'I lost my baby today. I love my little boy and did everything for him.

'I didn't know my child was dead until I got to A&E.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Forensics officers in nearby Peel Street after the baby boy was rescued from the River Irwell

'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.'

Yesterday a barmaid working at the Lock Keeper told how a man came in and asked to buy a drink, but had no money.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A montage of photos showing the baby boy is on his mother's Facebook page

She said: 'Then loads of people came in screaming that there's a baby in the river.

'He sat there and stared, he didn't move so the police were phoned and he just told a customer that he'd thrown his baby in the river.

'Everyone was up barring him, he sat there and stared and didn't move.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Zak Bennett-Eko has been named locally as the 22-year-old man arrested at the scene

'The police were phoned to say 'we think we have who you're looking for'.'

Another witness told the Manchester Evening News: 'It was a very small child in the river, I thought it was a doll when I saw it.

'I thought someone was on the run.'

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Paramedics battled to save the boy after he was pulled from the water, some 100 yards from the bridge (pictured)

Another resident posted on social media: 'I was there 30 mins ago and everybody there was crying and saying a man has thrown his newborn in.'

Neighbours also revealed today Ms Blood, the mother of the child, is believed to be around three or four months pregnant.

Greater Manchester Police have now launched a murder investigation and a residential road near the scene has been cordoned off.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A map showing the location of the bridge and the Lock Keeper pub in Radcliffe

The force said a post mortem will take place tomorrow.

Tearful mourners, many who were mothers with young children, have left more than 100 bunches of flowers, soft toys and candles on the bridge.

Among the tributes was a large cuddly bear with a card that read: 'To a beautiful little boy. Sleep tight little man. Our thoughts are with your family. From all of us at Lidl Radcliffe.'

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Floral tributes have continued to arrive throughout the day, and now stretch right across the bridge

One card with flowers read: 'Goodnight and God Bless beautiful innocent boy. Fly high Angel.'

The boy's maternal grandfather Andy Blood was too upset to comment as he visited the bridge. He left a card that read: 'To my beautiful grandson. We love you so much RIP.'

His paternal grandfather Addy Eko wrote online: 'Good blees little man still got your dummy here il bring it soon say hi to your sister and nana so sorry which it me not you.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited One of the many tributes left at the scene today

'So unfair livening now and always grandad sorry.'

Ms Blood's Facebook page is packed with pictures of her son. She announced her pregnancy in February 2018, where she wrote on Facebook: 'I honestly can not hold back anymore, we are over the moon that we are expecting a baby.'

After her first scan she wrote: 'Today we seen our little baba who has a very strong heartbeat, healthy and is perfect in every single way.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A police officer mans a cordon near the bridge were the baby was allegedly thrown into the water

'Mummy & Daddy love you always our little cherub.

'The past ten weeks have flown by it won't be long until we meet you in person.'

In a selfie in hospital with her new son in October last year she wrote: 'He's just so perfect and so good. He was worth every bit of pain. We love you Zakari.'

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This card reads: 'Difficult to comprehend what has happened. What kind of world do we live in when an innocent baby can lose their life in this way'

Today a taxi driver who has lived on the street next to where the death took place said: 'I have never seen anything like it. Everyone is going mad around here.'

Another nearby neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: 'We looked out of the bedroom window and saw the cordons, that was about 5pm yesterday.

'It is just mad, there are no words to be spoken. We don't know the full situation.'

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A 22-year-old man has been arrested for murder after throwing a 12-month-old boy off a bridge and to his death

Detective Inspector Wes Knights, who is leading the investigation on behalf of the Major Incident Team, said they want to hear from anyone with 'images or videos which show the incident or the aftermath.'

He said today: '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 and we have specially trained officers providing them with support at this difficult time.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A police cordon in place on Peel Street in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester following the death of the baby boy

'We currently have a suspect in custody, who will be questioned by detectives later today, however our investigation does not stop there and 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.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The man, believed to be the father, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and police say investigations are underway

'We appreciate that the incident has caused a lot of concern locally, which is understandable, but I would ask that people please refrain from speculating on social media about the circumstances and who may or may not have been involved, as this is still a live criminal investigation.

'I would also like to say thank you to all those people who tried their best to help retrieve the baby from the river and to all those who have since provided support to the investigation by providing information.'

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.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A barmaid working at the pub (pictured) said of the suspect: 'He came in and asked for a drink but said he had no money'

'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).'

Members of the community in Radcliffe have responded to the tragedy on social media, expressing their shock at the incident.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Greater Manchester Police still had the area cordoned off as of 9.55pm Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A balloon has been attached to the bridge in Radcliffe with a tribute that read: 'In the arms of the angels'

One user commented: 'Totally horrific beyond comprehension.

'Worked in Radcliffe, know the area but this is just so utterly horrible.'

Another said: 'Heartbreaking how this can ever be explained as a domestic incident is beyond me. Rest in peace little man.'

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The boy was given first aid at the scene before being rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead

A social media user said on Facebook that a candlelight vigil was being prepared to take place tomorrow at the bridge where the incident occurred.

A JustGiving page has also been set up to help pay for the cost of the funeral.

'Weʼre raising £1,000 to the funeral of the local little boy who sadly passed away after he was thrown in the river Irwell.' By 11am this morning it had already raised £2,300.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The boy was thrown off the Blackburn Street bridge and into the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester

Helen Coverdale, who set up the page, said: 'I set the Just Giving page up last night.

'Just being a mother, and being a human being, what happened absolutely shook me to my core.

'I felt I needed and wanted to do something. If I am being honest I wanted to pick him up and give him a big hug.

Father arrested over death of baby son was planning boy's first birthday party just days before he 'hurled him in Moses basket into river after row with infant's mother' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Greater Manchester Police said it was called to the scene shortly before 4.25pm on Wednesday

'When I heard he had passed away everybody was saying they wanted to do something to remember him, something like a headstone or flowers on the bridge.'

The 45-year-old, from Radcliffe, added: 'The response has been amazing, within an hour it was £700.

'I put £1,000 that was the target, it has now hit £2,000. 'It shows we are a lovely community.'

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