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'Mummified Boy': Hutton Jailed For 15 Years
A woman found guilty of manslaughter over the death of her young son has been jailed for 15 years.
The mummified body of Amanda Hutton's son Hamzah Khan was found in her bedroom nearly two years after he died.
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".
He 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".
Hamzah's body was discovered in squalor at Hutton's home in Bradford in September 2011.
Hutton, 43, admitted neglecting five of her other children aged between five and 13, who were living in the same poor conditions.
Earlier the court was told that the mother of eight told the boy's older brother not to tell anyone about Hamzah's death or she would kill her other children.
Tariq Khan, who has admitted failing to bury the body of his brother Hamzah Khan and was given a suspended sentence, made the claim during an interview with police read out at Bradford Crown Court on Friday.
Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, said that Tariq, now 24, told police that "if he said anything, she would kill the rest of the children".
Tariq told also probation officers how his mother held a knife to the throat of one of the children two days after Hamzah's death.
He also said his mother threatened to burn down the house.
A serious case review has been conducted into whether a number of agencies could have spotted what was happening at Hutton's home.
But the judge said: "I make it clear that this sentencing exercise is not an exercise in seeking to identify or explain how various agencies failed to identify and act upon the very long term and severe neglect that you visited upon your child and which went as far as you literally starving Hamzah to death."
In court today, it emerged that one of Hutton's neighbours alerted social services to her concerns about the family six months before Hamzah's body was found.
The woman, who cannot be named, set out her worries in a text that talked about children crying and not being comforted, abuse being shouted, Hutton smelling of vodka, children never playing out and blinds always being down.
She finished her text explaining her actions to a friend by saying: "Better to be safe than sorry."
Hamzah's body has still not been buried four years after he starved to death.