Alcoholic British mother starves four year old son to death

October 5, 2013 9:36 am

Alcoholic British mother starves four year old son to death

London 05th October 2013: An alcoholic British mother who allowed her four-year-old son to starve to death and left his decaying body in a cot for almost two years has been jailed for 15 years yesterday, according to BBC report.

Amanda Hutton, 43 was found guilty of the manslaughter, child neglect and preventing the burial of dead body of her son of Hamzah Khan at Bradford Crown Court.

The decomposing body remains of Hutton’s son, Hamzah Khan, who died in December 2009 due to severe malnutrition was discovered by police after 21 months in poor conditions at the family’s garbage-strewn home in Bradford, northern England, in September 2011.

The judge Roger Thomas said Hutton posed a real danger to children. He said Hutton had failed to fulfill the most basic responsibilities of a mother. He added the boy was wearing clothing made for a 6- to 9-month-old child.

The judge also addressed how Hutton had kept the death of her son secret saying: “Your deviousness was to keep various agencies away from you and your children. Your wicked conduct has been displayed in such awful detail.”

The dead body of her son was only found after a rookie police support officer visited the house following complaints from neighbors about filthy diapers being thrown into their yard. The officer felt that something was seriously wrong.

Judge was also told that one of the neighbours warned social services to her concerns about the family six months before Hamzah’s body was found.

Hutton’s eldest son, 24-year-old Tariq Khan, was given a two-year suspended sentence for preventing burial of the dead body of his brother. He told police that Hutton had intimidated to kill his siblings and to burn down the house if he informed the authorities.

An inquiry has been called into how the abuse went overlooked by the authorities for years.

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