Thursday 21 September 2017

Boy starved himself, says mother of dead child

Dave Higgens

A mother accused of killing her under-nourished four-year-old son told detectives it was not she who starved him because "he would starve himself", a court has heard.

A jury was played police interviews with Amanda Hutton, left, in which she explained how she panicked when Hamzah Khan died in her arms after he had become ill following months of failing to eat properly.

Bradford Crown Court heard how Hamzah's body was discovered in a travel cot in Hutton's bedroom, in the city, almost two years after he had died in December 2009.

Prosecutors claim that Hamzah starved to death due to the defendant's neglect.

But, in the police interviews, Ms Hutton (43) described the problems she had getting the youngster to eat and admitted that he lived on a diet of bananas and milk for the last few months of his life.

PANICKED

"I was worried about him," she told the officers. "I didn't know what to do about him. I was at my wit's end. He had really, really started to lose weight. I started to panic even more. Then he stopped eating altogether."

In one interview, Ms Hutton said: "He wasn't being starved, he would starve himself. He was given an adequate diet but he wouldn't eat it."

The jury was told that calls were made to Pizza Hut and a takeaway in the hours after Hamzah's death. The court also heard that Ms Hutton continued to claim Hamzah's child benefit after he died.

The case was adjourned until today.

Irish Independent

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