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Mum’s emotional tribute to tragic river plunge girl

The mother of tragic river plunge five-year-old Gabrielle Grady has paid tribute to her “gorgeous baby girl”, calling her “the cutest angel there has ever been”.

In a statement released by police on her behalf, a day after her daughter lost a three-day fight for life, devastated Kim Wise said: “What do I love about Gabby? Everything.

“The cutest smile you have ever seen on the cutest angel there has ever been.”

Gabrielle and her six-year-old brother Ryan were airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital on Thursday after the car they were in plunged into the icy cold River Avon in Evesham, Worcestershire.

Police divers rescued Ryan from the vehicle, a silver Vauxhall Vectra estate, but Gabrielle was trapped underwater for almost two hours and died on Sunday. In part of a self-penned poem dedicated to Gabrielle, Miss Smith (36) said: “Bedtime cuddles were always the best, her little podgy fingers wrapped round my neck, noses touching, just breathing each other in.”

Ryan, who was critically ill when first admitted to hospital, is said to be recovering well and was discharged on Sunday.

The children's father and Miss Wise's ex-partner Chris Grady (41) appeared before magistrates in Worcester on Saturday charged with two counts of attempted murder. Police said Gabrielle's death meant the incident was now being treated as a murder investigation.

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