Mum guilty of starving four-year-old son to death will be sentenced tomorrow (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Amanda Hutton was tonight behind bars awaiting sentencing tomorrow for the manslaughter of Hamzah Khan, four
5:54pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A Bradford mother of eight was tonight behind bars awaiting sentence tomorrow for starving her four-year-old son to death and leaving his body to rot in filth and squalor.
Amanda Hutton was convicted this afternoon of the manslaughter of Hamzah Khan by gross neglect.
Hamzah, who was the size of a baby, was found mummified under blankets in a travel cot in his mother’s bedroom on September 21, 2011.
He was wearing a baby grow for an infant aged six to nine months and his arm encircled a teddy bear.
He was unable to walk and had stopped eating altogether when he died.
Hutton, dressed all in black, showed not a flicker of emotion when the jury at Bradford Crown Court found her guilty just before 3.30pm.
The eight men and four women took less than five hours to reach their verdict.
Hutton was remanded in custody and led down to the cells by two dock officers.
During the trial, the jury heard harrowing evidence about the discovery of Hamzah’s wasted body almost two years after he died on December 15, 2009.
Hutton is the mother of five other young children, aged five to 13, who were living in the house in Heaton, Bradford, at the time.
Hutton, 43, who was then living on bail at Farcliffe Road, Girlington, Bradford, pleaded guilty to five charges of cruelty to a child in July. She and her son, Tariq Khan, 24, admitted preventing the lawful burial of a corpse.
The court heard that some of the five youngsters had head lice and fungal skin infections that meant their toe nails had broken away.
During the trial, the jury was told that experienced police officers were shocked and distressed by what they found at Hutton’s house after a neighbour complained that soiled nappies were being thrown over the garden fence.
The property stank and was piled high with rubbish. Empty vodka bottles were lined up on the kitchen unit.
Hamzah’s body was in a mummified state, infested with insects and in part mouldy.
It was so badly decomposed that it was not possible to determine the cause of death.
Home Office pathologist Dr Matthew Lyall said Hamzah’s growth was stunted and his thinning of the bones was present in life.
A bone specialist found that he had brittle bone disease caused by malnutrition and his growth was extremely stunted.
Consultant paediatrician Dr Kathryn Ward said "the root cause" of Hamzah’s death was malnutrition.
Hutton slammed the door on a health worker, failed to get Hamzah inoculated and never took him to a doctor.
By November, 2006, Hamzah was "off the radar completely."
In May, 2007, the GP practice suspended Hutton for non-attendance at appointments and, in October, 2009, she and her family were removed from its list.
Dr Ward said taking a child off a GP list meant it could sink even further beneath the radar.
"From two weeks of age, we know nothing about this child, his growth, his behaviour, his personality, his general health. It is a blank page, " Dr Ward said.
She said Hutton had grossly neglected Hamzah's needs.
"He was clearly deteriorating. He was no longer able to walk. He was refusing to eat. He was losing weight. One would expect a reasonable parent to seek medical help, whatever the cause of the malnutrition, " Dr Ward said.
Hutton "hit the bottle in her bedroom" years before Hamzah was born, the jury heard.
A woman staying at her home ten months before Hamzah died described her as "a nasty drunk".
"Drink was more important to her than her child. It is a terrible thing to say about a mother, but it is the truth, " Paul Greaney QC, barrister for the Crown, said.