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A father of 2 has appeared in court (Thursday 18th February) charged with 2 counts of attempted murder after a car carrying his daughter and son plunged into the River Avon in Worcestershire last week.
Christopher Grady's 5 year old daughter Gabby died 3 days after being trapped in the car for 2 hours, her brother 6 year old Ryan survived after being rescued by officers on Thursday 12th February .
Their father 41 year old Chris Grady has been charged with attempted murder and faces a murder charge.
Superintendent Garry Higgins, of South Worcestershire Division of West Mercia Police, said:
“This was obviously a very traumatic incident our officers are been left very shaken by events. All of the emergency services involved in the operation worked closely throughout to effect the rescue."
The family of Gabby have also issued a tribute to her.
Many family members and close friends wanted to contribute to this statement and below are just a small number of those tributes. There is also a section attributed to just Gabby’s mother, Kim Wise, 36.
The joint statement from Gaby's family members including Kim, Auntie Ria, Uncle Rick, Auntie Helen and the kids, brother bobby, big sis Megan, Kristy, Jess and Scott. Jane, Nathan and Jessie:
“Gabby was doted on by her whole family and everyone who knew her, including her little friends. She was mad for skipping, skating, dancing, music, nail varnish and make-up. She was a girly girl that loved pink and appreciated everything.
“She loved straightening her hair and was going to be a ‘hair straightener’ when she grew up!
“We are devastated at the loss of beautiful Gabby but would like to take a moment to thank everybody who has wished her well, those that loved her and those that never met her.
“We would also like to thank the breathtaking emergency services and staff at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. From PC Wayne Hurley who gave huge comfort to Kim, to the police officers who rescued Ryan, the paramedics and divers and the fire brigade who were all phenomenal.
“We would also like to thank our police family liaison officers, DC Cal Oliver and PC Sean Woods. We would not have managed without them. Everyone worked together to help Gabby and Ryan and we are so very grateful.”