A DAD today appeared in court accused of throwing his baby son to his death from a bridge in a Moses basket.
Zak Eko Bennett, 22, was remanded in custody yesterday after being charged for murdering 11-month-old Zakari.
He appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court today in a hearing lasting less than one minute.
Eko was flanked by prison officers as he entered the dock and gave his name as Zak Bennett-Eko and confirmed his date of birth.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court on September 16.
Eko was arrested inside the Lock Keeper pub in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, at around 4.30pm on Wednesday.
He had wandered in and asked for a drink just minutes after allegedly throwing 11-month-old Zakari to his death.
Paramedics battled to save the little boy after firefighters pulled him from the water around 100 yards from the bridge.
The tot was rushed to hospital but was sadly pronounced dead shortly after arrival. A post mortem is due to take place today.
Heartbroken relatives and friends have left floral tributes for baby Zakari on the bridge overlooking the River Irwell.
The boy’s mum, Emma Blood, has dedicated her Facebook bio to the baby, saying: “Zakari, my world, my heart, my soul”.
In an emotional tribute posted yesterday, she added: “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.”
A police cordon remains in place and cops are appealing for information.
Detective Inspector Wes Knights, who is leading the investigation on behalf of the Major Incident Team, said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident which has taken the life of a baby boy, who we believe is only around 11-months-old.
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“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.
“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.
“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.”