Mum whose baby boy died after ‘being thrown into river’ gives birth to daughter

The mum of a baby boy who was killed after being thrown into a river has now given birth to a daughter.

Emma Blood’s 11-month-old son Zakari William Bennett-Eko died from “immersion” after he was allegedly thrown into the River Irwell by his dad.

But she is now celebrating giving birth to a baby girl.

Emma, 22, has written on Facebook about her joy of being a mum.

She wrote: “I am proud of many things in life but nothing beats being a mother.”

Only a few weeks ago she wrote a touching tribute to Zakari on Facebook: “My brown eyed boy.”

She said: “On Wednesday afternoon my life changed forever.

"I woke up that morning being a mummy to the most wonderful cute little boy and by the afternoon Zakari was taken from me in the most tragic of circumstances.

"Zakari was my life for 11 months and will be the heart of our family for many years to come.

“He was a cheeky little chappie with a smile that melted hearts. He was the youngest of five generations of our family and was loved beyond belief.

“Zakari wrapped everyone around his little finger. He was a happy and content baby with a gorgeous little smile and a head full of curls. Everyone that met him fell in love with him instantly.

“It’s hard to comprehend what has happened and that I will not get to see my baby grow up to be the handsome decent man I knew he would become.

“My family and I would like to thank everybody for their continued support, it is very much appreciated and would like to ask for privacy at his traumatic time.”

The local community in Radcliffe have raised money to have a memorial in Kenyon Community Gardens and on Saturday will hold a short ceremony to unveil it.

Louise Dawson, who helped organise the tribute, told the Bury Times: “"The people of Radcliffe raised £545 towards the memorial.

"It will be unveiled with Zakari's family present.

"The family are so overwhelmed with the support they have received from the people of Radcliffe.

"They are bearing up and carrying on as they best as they can."

Zak Eko, 22, is charged with murdering his son whose body was found near a bridge in Radcliffe, Bury, on September 11. He has been detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Eko has been moved from Forest Bank prison in Salford to a secure hospital awaiting a murder trial.

He has since made two court appearances, the last one at Manchester Crown Court on September 16.

The defendant was not asked to enter pleas on the murder charge nor on an alternative charge of manslaughter.

Appearing via videolink from Forest Bank prison, he was remanded in custody and is due to reappear at Manchester Crown Court on December 20 for a plea and directions hearing.

A trial date had been fixed for March 9.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman has since reportedly confirmed Mr Eko has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act pending the outcome of psychiatric reports.

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