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'Mummified Boy': Mum Who Starved Four-Year-Old Son To Death Jailed For 15 Years

25/11/2017 01:50 GMT

File photo dated 30/09/13 of Amanda Hutton who has been found guilty of the manslaughter of her son Hamzah, four, whose mummified body was found in Hutton's bedroom two years after he died in December 2009.


Amanda Hutton, the mother who starved her four-year-old son to death and left his body in her bedroom until it became mummified, has been sentenced to a total of 15 years in jail.

The alcoholic mother was found guilty of little Hamzah Khan's manslaughter yesterday.
After the trial it emerged she was a mother of eight children.

Roger Thomas, the Recorder of Bradford, said the 43-year-old had shown a 'terrible failure to fulfil the most basic responsibility; in short you starved Hamzah to death'.

Undated photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of the kitchen at the home of Amanda Hutton who has been found guilty of the manslaughter of her four-year old son Hamzah. Mother of eight Amanda Hutton has been found guilty Thursday Oct. 3, 2013, in the manslaughter of her four-year-old son Hamzah Khan, after the court heard that Hamzah's mummified body was found in Hutton's Bradford, England, bedroom almost two-years after he died in December 2009. (AP Photo / West Yorkshire Police)


On keeping Hamzah's death a secret, the judge said Hutton was 'worried that people would find out you killed him'.

He told her: "Your deviousness was to keep various agencies away from you and your children.

"Your wicked conduct has been displayed in such awful detail."

Yesterday, Hutton, 43, showed no emotion as she was convicted of manslaughter by a jury after five hours of deliberations at Bradford Crown Court.

The court heard that Hamzah's mummified body was found in Hutton's Bradford bedroom almost two years after he died.

Hutton had cried in court as she described how Hamzah starved himself and died in her Bradford home in December 2009.

She claimed he was a fussy eater and a difficult child and that she thought he would put on weight when he got older.

But the jury heard Hamzah's short life involved starvation, punishments and neglect at the hands of a 'nasty drunk' who had more time for alcohol than her son.

Hutton will be sentenced tomorrow. A statutory case review of the circumstances surrounding Hamzah's death will go ahead.

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