A HERO officer jumped into a river to rescue a drowning baby that his father allegedly threw from a bridge.

Eleven-month-old baby Zakari Bennett-Eko is said to have been thrown into a Moses basket on Wednesday afternoon in the Irwell River in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester.

    PC Jessica Voiels plunged into the river to rescue the 11-month-old boy

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PC Jessica Voiels plunged into the river to rescue the 11-month-old boyCredit: Twitter
    PC Voiels was desperately trying to save Baby Zakari on Wednesday afternoon

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PC Voiels was desperately trying to save Baby Zakari on Wednesday afternoonCredit: Facebook
    Zakari was pulled by Irwell River firemen in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, and was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly thereafter

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Zakari was pulled by Irwell River firemen in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, and was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly thereafterPicture credits: PA: Press Association

He was taken to the hospital from the crime scene, but died shortly thereafter.

The boy's father, Zak Eko, 22, appeared in court today for murder.

Today it was announced that brave policewoman Jessica Voiels jumped into the river to rescue Zakari.

PC Voiels, 24, went to Twitter to describe her dramatic rescue attempt.

She wrote, "Had my worst shift yesterday, I can not see that in the future many things will be so bad."

Her mother Julie McCormick told MailOnline, "She jumped into the river trying to save the baby, it's awful.

"Her sergeant sent her a text saying that not many people go through her life.

"People have written to her that they hope she's alright, they're so proud of her and she's done really well."

The policeman is said to have been on patrol when an emergency call was made for a corpse in a river.

MOM'S DISTRESS

The devastated mother of Zakari, Emma Blood, paid tribute to her son today.

She said, "On Wednesday afternoon, my life has changed forever.

"I woke up this morning when I was a mum for the most wonderful sweet little boy, and in the afternoon Zakari was taken by me in the most tragic circumstances.

"Zakari has been my life for 11 months and will be the heart of our family for many years.

"He was a naughty little boy with a smile that melted his heart, he was the youngest of five generations of our family and was incredibly loved.

"Zakari wrapped everyone around his little finger, he was a happy and contented baby with a beautiful little smile and a head full of curls, and everyone who met him instantly fell in love with him.

"It's hard to understand what happened and I will not see my baby grow into the handsome decent man I knew would become him.

"My family and I want to thank everyone for their continued support, it is highly appreciated and we want to ask for privacy during this traumatic time."

The boy's father was arrested Wednesday around 4:30 pm at the Lock Keeper pub in Radcliffe.

22-year-old Eko appeared in a less than one-minute hearing at the Manchester Magistrates' Court today.

He was flanked on entering the dock by prison officials and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

He was remanded to appear on September 16 at the Manchester Crown Court.

Tear-filled mourners, many of them mothers with small children, have left flowers, stuffed animals, and candles on the bridge on Blackburn Street.

In the meantime, an JustGiving site set up to raise money for the baby has raised more than £ 4,000.

    Mother Emma Blood paid tribute to her & # 39; naughty little boy with a smile that melted the hearts & # 39;

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Mother Emma Blood paid tribute to her & # 39; naughty little boy with a smile that melted the hearts & # 39;Credit: Facebook
    Zakari died after being pulled out of the water

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Zakari died after being pulled out of the waterCredit: Facebook
    Zak Eko was charged with murder

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Zak Eko was charged with murder
    Eko was arrested this morning in front of the Manchester Magistrates' Court

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Eko has been in custody of the Manchester Magistrates Court this morningPicture credits: Mercury Press
    Eko is said to have gone to a pub after the horror

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Eko is said to have gone to a pub after the horror
    The 11-month was allegedly thrown into the river in a Moses basket

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The 11-month was allegedly thrown into the river in a Moses basketCredit: Facebook
    The police are appealing for the tragedy of witnesses

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The police are appealing for the tragedy of witnessesPicture credits: PA: Press Association
    Floral tributes to the baby

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Floral tributes to the babyPicture credits: Mercury Press


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