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Baby boy rescued from a river in Greater Manchester dies in hospital

Eyewitnesses said that two fire engines, ambulances, multiple police vehicles and the GMP force helicopter were at the area. Credit: MEN Syndication

A baby boy rescued from a river in Greater Manchester has died in hospital.

Police were called to reports that a child was in the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, shortly before 4.25pm on Wednesday.

The boy, believed to be almost 12 months old, was recovered from the water by firefighters who attended the scene near to Blackburn Street along with other emergency services.

He was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody for questioning, said Greater Manchester Police.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: "Shortly before 4.25pm today, police were called to reports that a child was in the River Irwell.

"Emergency services attended and with the support of the police helicopter, the child was retrieved and taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

"Blackburn Street is currently closed at the junctions with Stand Lane and Radcliffe New Road.

"An investigation is underway and inquiries are ongoing."

Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels 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 under way 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."

  • Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1930 of 11/09/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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