Father, 22, ‘kills his one-year-old boy by throwing him off a bridge into a river in Manchester before going to the pub – where police arrest him for horrifying incident that followed row with infant’s pregnant mother’

  • The boy was rescued from the River Irwell, Greater Manchester, by firefighters
  • The child was taken to hospital where he has died, according to police statement
  • A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody
  • It is believed that the arrested 22-year-old man was the baby’s father   
  • Witnesses said he sat down in the Lock Keeper pub after the incident to order a drink

By Joe Middleton and Stefan Boscia For Mailonline

Published: 13:55 EDT, 11 September 2019 | Updated: 22:56 EDT, 11 September 2019

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his son after witnesses saw a 12-month-old boy in a Moses basket thrown off a bridge to his death.  

The child was rescued by firefighters with the support of a police helicopter, after being found in the River Irwell, in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester.

The baby was given first aid at the scene before being rushed to hospital where he was confirmed dead by Greater Manchester Police. 

A 22-year-old man has been arrested for murder after throwing a 12-month-old boy off a bridge and to his death

Police arrested the boys’ 22-year-old father, who was in the nearby Lock Keeper pub, on suspicion of murder shortly before 4.25pm.

The man, believed to be the father, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and police say investigations are underway. 

Witnesses claimed the baby was thrown into the water in a Moses basket by his father after a row with his pregnant partner.  

It is believed he then went directly to the Lock Keeper.  

 The man, believed to be the father, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and police say investigations are underway

 A barmaid working at the pub said: ‘He came in and asked for a drink but said he had no money.

A barmaid working at the pub said: ‘He came in and asked for a drink but said he had no money.

‘She said it was totally fine because people do that then loads of people came in screaming that there’s a baby in the river.

‘He sat there and stared, he didn’t move so the police were phoned and he just told a customer that he’d thrown his baby in the river.’

Anastasia Ward, who lives next to the bridge said: ‘I saw the mum walk past with the baby around 4pm. At about 4.25 there were helicopters, more police than I’ve ever seen and crowds of people on the bridge.’ 

Greater Manchester Police said it was called to the scene shortly before 4.25pm on Wednesday 

The boy was thrown off the Blackburn Street bridge and into the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester

Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels from Greater Manchester Police 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 this evening.

‘A murder investigation is underway and we are working hard to piece together the circumstances that led to the baby boy ending up in the water.’ 

The boy was given first aid at the scene before being rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead

 Greater Manchester Police still had the area cordoned off as of 9.55pm

Members of the Radcliffe community have responded on social media, expressing their shock at the incident. 

One user commented: ‘Totally horrific beyond comprehension. Worked in Radcliffe, know the area but this is just so utterly horrible.’

Another said: ‘Heartbreaking how this can ever be explained as a domestic incident is beyond me. Rest in peace little man.’ 

A social media user said on Facebook that a candlelight vigil was being prepared to take place tomorrow at the bridge where the incident occurred.  

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