UPDATED: Bradford mum who starved son to death jailed for 15 years (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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'Wicked' mum jailed for 15 years for starving son, four, to death at their Bradford home
An alcoholic mother-of-eight who starved her four-year-old son to death and left his body in a cot at her Bradford home for nearly two years was today jailed for 15 years.
Amanda Hutton, 43, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Hamzah Khan at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.
Hamzah's body was found in squalor at Hutton's home in Bradford in September 2011.
Hutton admitted neglecting five of her other children aged between five and 13, who were living in the terrible conditions.
Her eldest son Tariq Khan, 24, was given a two-year suspended sentence for preventing the burial of his younger brother.
Hutton showed no emotion as she was led from the dock.
Judge Roger Thomas QC told her: "The details of your wicked conduct have been displayed in such awful detail over the past three weeks in the trial that concluded yesterday."
He said the offences "demonstrate a most fundamental and serious breach of any duty that an individual in decent society can owe to others - namely the duty that a parent owes to her or his young children to take proper care of them".
The judge said the children were found in a situation that was "breathtakingly awful".
Judge Thomas said all the offences he was sentencing Hutton for are "all arising from your terrible failures to fulfil the most basic responsibilities that you, as a mother, should have fulfilled".
He said the manslaughter of Hamzah involved "failing to provide him with anything like adequate nourishment over a long period of time - in short you starved him to death".
In terms of the five child cruelty charges she admitted, the judge said that related to a period of nearly three years "when, on an ever declining scale, you failed your young children, causing them to live in quite appalling conditions of squalor which understandably shocked even the most seasoned police officers who attended your home in September 2011".
He told Hutton she "must be regarded as a real danger to any child with whom you may live, or in any way have care of in the future".