An heroic policewoman who dived into the water to save a baby who died after allegedly being thrown in the water has been pictured.

Brave Jessica Voiels, 24, threw herself into the River Irwell in a frantic bid to retrieve tragic 11-month-old Zakari William Bennett-Eko.

Despite her brave efforts she was unable to find him in the water before he was later recovered by firefighters.

Zakari was then pronounced dead at the scene, with dad Zak Eko, 22, charged with his murder.

Jessica threw herself into the water to save tragic Zakari
Zakari was described as a "cheeky little chappie" by his mum
Jessica was hailed a hero after jumping into the river

But Jessica has been hailed a hero for her attempts.

Mum Julie McCormick told MailOnline: "She jumped into the river to try to save the baby. It is awful.

"Her Sergeant sent her a text saying not many people go through that in a lifetime.

"People have been texting her saying that they hope she is okay. They are so proud of her and she has handled it really well."

Jessica visited the scene of the incident to lay flowers

She added her daughter had been to the scene in Radcliffe, Greater Mancs, to lay flowers.

And after the incident, Jessica wrote on Twitter: "Had my worst shift yesterday. I can't see many things being as bad as that in the future."

It is reported Jessica was on patrol when an emergency call was made.

Zakari's father Zak Eko appeared before magistrates today during a hearing that lasted less than one minute.

He spoke only to confirm his name, and was remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court on September 16.