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Hamzah Khan: 'He Died In My Arms', Mum Says
The mother of four-year-old Hamzah Khan, whose mummified body was found in her bedroom almost two years after he died, told police he died in her arms, a court has heard.
Amanda Hutton, 43, is on trial accused of Hamzah's manslaughter after his remains were discovered in her Bradford home in 2011.
In her police interviews read out to the jury, she said Hamzah had been a difficult child who shouted and screamed and would only eat bananas and milk.
Hutton said her son lost a large amount of weight in December 2009 and lay in a travel cot "really silent and still and peaceful".
She claimed Hamzah told her in "the kind of gabble" that he spoke: "Oh, I love you mum, are you alright mum?"
Hutton told officers she went to a Morrisons supermarket chemist for something to build up his strength when her eldest son Tariq rang her, saying: "Mum, you need to come back, Hamzah's eyes are rolling into the back of his head."
She said she picked him up when she returned home, adding that when he died in her arms, she did not know what to do next.
The moment Hamzah's body was discovered was described to the jury by the police officer who found it.
DC Richard Dove, of the child protection unit at West Yorkshire Police, was searching Hutton's bedroom after the alarm was raised about her lifestyle and the filthy house she was living in.
DC Dove said as he stood in the bedroom looking at a travel cot, he could sense there was something wrong.
"There was clothing and shoes and bedding piled up in the cot so I started taking them off," he explained.
In the dock, Hutton buried her head in her hands as DC Dove was asked: "What did you find?"
DC Dove replied: "The body of a small child, Asian in origin."
Hutton denies manslaughter and the trial continues.