Father charged in river-plunge case

Father charged in river-plunge case

A father was remanded in custody today charged with the attempted murder of his children, who were rescued after a car plunged into the River Avon, a prosecutor said.

Christopher Grady, 41, of no fixed abode, appeared at Worcester Magistrates’ Court two days after Ryan and Gabrielle Grady were rescued from the River Avon in Evesham, Worcestershire, and airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

He will appear at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday, prosecutor Paul Whitfield said.

Both children were critically ill when first admitted to hospital and five-year-old Gabrielle's condition remains critical, but West Mercia Police said Ryan, six, appeared to be "recovering quite well".

The vehicle, a silver Vauxhall Vectra estate, entered the water from a field at Boat Lane in Evesham at around 9.20am on Thursday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the driver and Ryan were already out of the submerged car when paramedics arrived, but Gabrielle was trapped for almost two hours before she was pulled free by police divers.


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