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Heartbroken mum of baby who died after being thrown into River Irwell tells of final moments with son

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 6 days ago Alexandra Rucki & Thomas George
a close up of a boy and girl posing for a photo © Emma Blood/Facebook

The heartbroken mum of a baby boy who died after being thrown into the River Irwell has told of her final moments with her son.

Emma Blood, of River Street, Radcliffe, wrote on Facebook the family 'sat with him for hours' after she rushed to A&E to be with her child.

The little boy has been named locally as Zakari Bennett and is thought to be almost 12 months old.

In the heartbreaking Facebook post Emma said she did not know anything happened until 7pm last night and did not know her son died until she arrived at the hospital.

a boy with his mouth open © Emma Blood/Facebook Distraught Emma says she only realised her son was dead when she arrived at hospital - and then 'sat with him for hours'. She goes on to say 'I am alive - although I wish I was dead instead'.

Emma posted: "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.

"I am alive, although I wish I was dead instead. LEAVE ME ALONE. Let me grieve for my child, my whole world and so much more.

"I lost MY baby today, and seen as though your all very confused let me break it down for you.

a girl taking a selfie © Emma Blood/Facebook

"I was not there! I didn’t touch my child! I didn’t know anything that had happened until 7pm tonight.

"I was NOT ARRESTED because believe it or not it’s all on CCTV that the police have watched and know I was NOT INVOLVED with the murder of MY child.

"I’m no crappy parent, I love my little boy and did everything for him

a vase of flowers on a table: Tributes left at the scene after a baby boy died © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Tributes left at the scene after a baby boy died

Emergency services were called to reports of a child in the water near to a bridge on Blackburn Street, Radcliffe, at around 4.25pm on Wednesday.

a baby lying on a bed © Emma Blood/Facebook

The baby was found a short time later and taken to hospital, but died despite the efforts of medics.

A 22-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

a close up of an animal: Tributes left at the scene after a baby boy died © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Tributes left at the scene after a baby boy died

He was then re-arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody for questioning.

This morning residents have been leaving flowers, candles and soft toys on the bridge in Blackburn Street.

One tribute reads: "RIP little man, hope you find happiness with your angel wings."

a person walking down the street © STEVE ALLEN

A resident living in nearby Kenyon Street says the baby boy's death has "shocked" the community.

She added: "It's devastating, especially when you have kids of your own. No one can believe what has happened."

Police said they are urgently seeking witnesses to the incident.

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.

Tributes left at the scene after a baby boy died © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Tributes left at the scene after a baby boy died

"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 underway and we are working hard to piece together the circumstances that led to the baby boy ending up in the water.

a teddy bear sitting on top of a stuffed toy: Tributes left at the scene after a baby boy died © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Tributes left at the scene after a baby boy died

"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."

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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