An 11-month-old baby boy has died after his own father threw him off of a bridge in Greater Manchester into the river. A gutted mother named him as she posted a tribute online.

22-year-old Emma Blood, the mother of the baby boy identified as Zakari, posted a picture of him online after he was thrown into the River Irwell by his own father Zak Eko Bennett, also 22-year-old.

According to a report by Metro, Zak flung Zakari towards the river in his Moses basket from the bridge. Emma wrote in an emotional tribute to her son in her Facebook post, “I lost my baby today. I love my little boy and did everything for him. 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. Let me grieve for my child, my whole world and so much more. I am alive, although I wish I was dead.”

Zak was arrested inside the Lock Keeper pub in Radcliffe, Greater Machester, at around 4:30 pm on Wednesday for committing this heinous crime after taking the tot to “buy milk”, The Sun reported.

Emergency services were called immediately after the incident of an infant being thrown off the bridge was reported. Zakari was then rushed to the hospital in a critical condition but he perished shortly after even though doctors moved heaven and earth to save him, according to a report by Metro.

Witnesses claimed that the dad ventured into the local pub remorselessly after throwing the baby off to his death. He sat there calmly, ordered a drink and looked around.

Greater Manchester Police informed a man was arrested on suspicion of murder and kept in custody for further interrogation. Police officers are appealing to the witnesses to come forward and share some more insights. Meanwhile, the area remains cordoned off to facilitate the inquiries.

Jamie Daniels, Detective Superintendent told Metro, "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. Whilst we have a man in custody, our investigation is ongoing and I’d urge any witnesses or anyone with any information to get in touch as soon as possible so that we can find out what happened to him."