Trigger: Child death.
A baby boy who had been rescued after being thrown into a river has died.
In Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, England, reports came in this past Wednesday at 4:25 PM local time that a baby boy had been thrown into the River Irwell. Firefighters and emergency services managed to recover his body and have him rushed to the hospital. Sadly, the boy died shortly after his arrival. He was later identified as 11-month-old Zakari William Bennett-Eko.
When discussing the case that day, Det. Supt. 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. I know his loss will be felt by the entire community and our thoughts are very much with his loved ones this evening."
The next day, Manchester police announced that 22-year-old Zak Eko- Zakari's own father- had been arrested and charged with murder. As of now, he's still currently sitting in jail on this charge, but had made an appearance in front of the Manchester magistrates court just yesterday. No motive has been given or suggested for this senseless crime, and it's unknown if one will ever be provided.
The public is clearly grieving this senseless loss, as evidenced by the many candles, flowers, and toys left by mourners at the scene of the crime. But Zakari's remaining family is grieving harder, with no one doing so harder than his mother, Emma Blood. She revealed in a heartbreaking Facebook post that she didn't know about the incident until about 7 PM local time the day it happened. Once she made it to the hospital, Blood finally received word that her baby boy had been murdered.
"I lost my baby today," she wrote in the Facebook post. "I love my little boy and did everything for him. 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. Let me grieve for my child, my whole world and so much more."
We send our deepest well wishes to Blood and her remaining family for the loss of 11-month-old Zakari. We also hope that justice will eventually be served for the grieving family.