Mum who let son, 4, starve and rot in squalid home released from prison

A mum who let her four-year-old son starve to death has been released from prison halfway through her sentence.

Amanda Hutton was jailed in 2013 on charges of manslaughter and child neglect after the mummified body of her four-year-old son Hamzah Khan was found in a travel cot in her squalid Bradford home.

Mother-of-eight Hutton, 51, has now been released on license seven years into her fifteen-year sentence and will serve the rest of her time in the community, The Sun reported.

The shocking story of neglect came to light after Hutton’s neighbour Mohammed Zahid complained that dirty nappies were constantly being thrown over the fence into his garden.

Rookie police community support officer Jodie Dunsmore was sent to Hutton’s home but was unable to get an answer.

But, she said at the time, PCSO Dunsmore had a feeling that something was wrong. "Perhaps it was mother's intuition," she said.

She looked through the letterbox, and the smell of the filthy house made her gag.

After several visits, police eventually gained access to the house. Shocked officers found Hamzah’s body covered in flies under a pile of shoes, clothes and bedding in a travel cot.

The desperately underfed child was wearing a blue babygro that would have fitted a six-to-nine-month-old baby. He had been dead for at least two years.

He was still clutching a cuddly Iggle Piggle toy.

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Hutton had eight children with partner Aftab Khan but despite Hutton’s chaotic family situation being on the radar of police, schools, health and social services for some time, the children were not placed on the at-risk register.

Interviewed by police after his death, Hutton said that if Hamzah was undernourished it was a “fussy eater”.

But in court one of her other sons, Qaiser, recalled seeing the desperately hungry tot "eating s***” from his own nappy while Hutton sat upstairs in her bedroom swigging vodka.

In court, Hutton maintained that her children had been lying and she had tried hard to keep her son alive – even giving him heart massage and mouth-to-mouth when he lost consciousness.

Her ex-partner, Khan, could himself have ended up in the dock with her, but he had been handed a court order to prevent him from going near Hutton or her house after being convicted of domestic abuse.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice stressed that "offenders released on licence face strict conditions and can be returned to prison at any time".

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