The mother of an 11-month-old boy allegedly thrown from a bridge into a river by his father paid tribute to his "brazen little chappie" today.
Baby Zakari Bennett-Eko was reportedly thrown into the Irwell River in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, in a Moses basket on Wednesday afternoon.
He was rushed to hospital, but died shortly thereafter.
The boy's father, 22-year-old Zak Eko, has appeared in court today on charges of murder.
In a tribute today, Emma Blood, Zakari's heartbroken mother, said, "Wednesday afternoon, my life changed forever.
"I woke up that morning as the mother of the most wonderful little adorable boy and, in the afternoon, Zakari was abducted in the most tragic circumstances.
"Zakari has been my life for 11 months and will remain the heart of our family for many years.
& # 39; TRAUMATIC TIME & # 39;
"He was a cheeky little chappie with a heart-warming smile, the youngest of five generations of our family and loved beyond belief.
"Zakari wrapped everyone around her little finger.He was a happy and satisfied baby, with a beautiful little smile and a head full of curls.All who met her fell in love with him. instantly.
"It's hard to understand what happened and not to see my baby become the handsome man I knew to be.
"My family and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support, we appreciate it immensely and would like to ask for privacy at this traumatic time."
Eko was arrested in the Lock Keeper pub in Radcliffe around 4:30 pm on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old man appeared today in Manchester court for a hearing lasting less than a minute.
Eko was accompanied by prison officers when he entered the dock and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.
He was remanded to appear at Manchester Crown Court on 16 September.
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It was revealed that a police hero had launched into the river to try to save the baby.
PC Jessica Voiels spoke to Twitter about her dramatic rescue attempt.
She wrote: "I had my worst shift yesterday, I can not see as many things as bad as that in the future".
His mother, Julie McCormick, told MailOnline: "She jumped into the river trying to save the baby, which is awful.
"His sergeant texted him saying that few people would live this in a lifetime."
The mourners, many of whom were mothers of young children, left flowers, soft toys and candles on the Blackburn Street Bridge.
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