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Mummified Boy: Mum Says She Wasn't Worried
A mother accused of starving her son to death cried in the dock as she relived his final moments.
Hamzah Khan died in December 2009 aged four-and-a-half and his body lay undiscovered in Amanda Hutton's Bradford home for almost two years.
"I rushed upstairs to the bedroom and found Hamzah had passed away, I picked him up and checked his pulse points," she told Bradford Crown Court.
"I tried to give him mouth-to-mouth and that wasn't working, I tried for a long time."
She insisted Hamzah was a difficult child who wouldn't eat the food she gave him, but acknowledged that by the time he died he was only being given a nourishment drink.
The jury has been told that tests on his mummified remains showed he had the bones of a 12 to 18-month-old baby and his body had no muscle and almost no flesh.
"I didn't see him as seriously ill," Hutton said in a tense cross-examination by prosecuting barrister Paul Greaney QC.
"What did you see him as?" asked Mr Greaney.
"Just poorly," she replied.
Earlier, Hutton told the jury that Hamzah's older brother Qaiser had been "really, really thin" until he was five.
Asked by defending QC Stephen Meadowcroft if she was worried about Hamzah she said: "No I wasn't because Qaiser had been the same and he'd grown out of it. I thought he'd grow out of it."
Hutton said Hamzah's father, Aftab Khan, had been violent towards her for most of their long relationship, but admitted Mr Khan told her Hamzah needed help "on occasions".
The jury has heard Hamzah, whose body was only found after a neighbour complained about rubbish from the house, had not been eating enough for at least two years.
The jury was told that when a police officer found the child's remains in September 2011 the fridge contained only rotten food and ready meals five months past their sell-by date.
The oven contained a takeaway container with a slice of rotted pizza in it and the freezer could not be opened because of the depth of rubbish piled up.
Closing the cross-examination, Mr Greaney told Hutton: "You killed that child."
"No I didn't", she replied.
Hutton denies manslaughter and the trial continues.