August 20, 2014
LONDON (AP) - An alcoholic British mother who let her 4-year-old son starve to death and left his body in a cot for almost two years has been sentenced to 15 years in jail.
Judge Roger Thomas said Friday that Amanda Hutton had failed "to fulfill the most basic responsibilities that you, as a mother, should have fulfilled."
The mummified body of Hutton's son, Hamzah Khan, was found by police in Bradford, northern England, in September 2011. He had died in December 2009.
The judge said he was wearing clothing made for a 6- to 9-month-old child.
Hutton, a mother of eight, was convicted of manslaughter Thursday at Bradford Crown Court.
She admitted neglecting five of her older children. The judge said they were found in "appalling conditions of squalor."
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