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Mummified Boy Case: House 'Smelled Vile'
The smell in a house where the mummified body of a four-year-old boy was found almost two years after he died was "overpowering", according to a police officer.
PC Jodie Dunsmore was a community support officer when she went to see Amanda Hutton in September 2011 about a complaint that rubbish had been thrown into a neighbour's garden.
No one answered when she knocked on the door, but after spotting dead flies inside the partly-closed blinds in the front room PC Dunsmore said she peered through the letterbox.
"The smell that came was vile," she told the jury.
She said she saw food and rubbish strewn all over the floor, but did not look for long.
"The smell was so overpowering I really didn't want to breathe it in," she explained.
The body of Hutton's son, Hamzah Khan, was discovered in a cot in her Bradford home in September 2011, surrounded by rotting rubbish and faeces.
Bradford Crown Court has heard how he had died almost two years earlier, in December 2009.
PC Dunsmore said after repeated visits over several days she made contact with Hutton by phone and was suspicious about her refusal to meet in the house.
"I felt she was in the house but was choosing not to open the door," she said.
The jury was shown photographs of the inside of the house, with rubbish strewn across the floors.
PC Jayne Lax, who searched the house after the alarm was raised, told the jury the rubbish, including takeaway cartons and rotting food, was ankle deep in places upstairs.
The jury was shown that the only relatively tidy room was Hutton's bedroom, with a large mesh-walled travel cot in the centre.
It was in that cot that Hamzah's body was found.
The court also heard from a neighbour of Hutton's, Christine Latz, who told the court that the defendant smelt of alcohol and was often drunk and tearful.
Ms Latz said: "She told me she'd come out of an abusive relationship to make a fresh start down here."
Prosecutors have argued that Hamzah died because he was starved to death, but Hutton, 43, denies the manslaughter of her son.
The trial continues.