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Mum speaks of heartbreak after 12-month-old baby 'thrown from bridge'

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The mother of a 12-month-old baby who died when he was allegedly thrown off a bridge into a river told of her heartbreak today, saying she had lost her “whole world and so much more”.

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Emma Blood, 22, posted an emotional statement on Facebook after her son Zakari plunged to his death into the River Irwell, in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester

A man said to be the boy’s father was arrested by police as he sat in a nearby pub.

Paramedics battled to save the child 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.

Floral tributes are left on a bridge in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester (PA)

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. 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.”

Greater Manchester Police said a 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody.

The baby boy was recovered from the water by firefighters (PA)

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.

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

“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.”

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