Bradford mum found guilty of son’s manslaughter

Amanda Hutton. Photo by Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.
Amanda Hutton. Photo by Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Amanda Hutton has been found guilty of the manslaughter of her four-year-old son Hamzah Khan at Bradford Crown Court.

Mother-of-eight Hutton, 43, denied the manslaughter of Hamzah Khan, whose decomposed and insect-infested body was found in a travel cot in her bedroom at their home.

A two-week trial at Bradford Crown Court heard that Hamzah’s remains had been in the cot for almost two years when they were found by police searching the house on September 21 2011.

The little boy had died on December 15 2009.

Hamzah’s body was found in the house in the Heaton area of the city in terrible squalor, where five other school-aged siblings were living.

Hutton admitted a charge of child cruelty in respect of each of these children, who were aged between five and 13 in 2011.

Prosecutors said Hamzah most probably died from malnutrition because Hutton neglected him as she concentrated on her alcohol addiction.

Hutton told the jury that she never sought medical advice because she thought he was going through a phase and would grow out of it.

She said she panicked after his death and only kept claiming child benefit for Hamzah because she was worried that, if she stopped, his body would be discovered.

Hutton claims the appalling conditions police officers found at her home when they finally searched the property only developed after her son’s death.

Hutton has also admitted a charge of preventing the burial of a corpse along with her eldest son, Tariq, 24.