June 17, 2005 - December 15, 2009
A Grave Memorial
Looking at the face of the beautiful, baby
boy above, you see worry, you see fear, you see pain, what you SHOULD see is happiness and some
sign that this child was healthy. How did this baby boy manage to go
unnoticed for SO long, long
enough that he died and his body remained inside his home, in his bed,
for two years? He was failed, by his mother, failed by Children's
Services and failed by Police. Why does this KEEP happening when news laws and
promises of change are made that are supposed to protect these children?
in the home were just as bad if not worse. To the left is a picture of what the
kitchen in the home looked like and below, is a picture of what the
bedroom looked like.
|Between the years 2003 and 2008,
there were at least 11 complaints filed against the household. A report
would later show that numerous times Police, Health Workers, Social
Services and Education Officials had been in contact with the family,
which was in direct contradiction that the family was "off the radar".
How then can ANYONE say that
this child should not have been protected? With eight children in the
home, why didn't the Police notice anything was wrong when they were
called to a home that was filled with trash and had someone calling
about domestic violence?
The picture to the left shows what the living room of the home looked
like when police found Hamza's body in his bed. It doesn't happen
overnight that a home looks like that, it takes time and certainly at
some point in the five years the home had been visited, SOMEONE had seen this mess and SHOULD have become concerned for the
children living there who had to walk or crawl around in the filth that
was supposed to be their home.
Aftab Khan was arrested on suspicion of beating his wife, Amanda Hutton
2008, however, he stated that the Police had failed his son
because had told them numerous time about what was going on in the
home, that Amanda was an alcoholic and the home was a mess with the
children being neglected. Aftab said the police chose to do nothing
"The Police are
responsible, the authorities are responsible. How can you let children
The bottom line is that child is dead.
Never mind me, never mind her"
child is dead? That child has a name Aftab, his name is Hamzah!
After being arrested for domestic
violence, Aftab told police:
"You've got keep an eye
on that woman. All I want you to do is get a doctor to check on Hamzah,
undernourished he is,
check how neglected he is, see how he is"
A police spokesman said:
officers had seen the children in their home five days previously when
the initial incident
and there was nothing that caused concern at the time. As with all
involving families with children, a notification was made to the Social
Department at Bradford
Council. The father was advised that he could also make a referral to
Social Services. There
was no evidence that he made any such referral"
How can the police say there was no cause for concern when that place
was a disgusting, filthy pig sty?
Amanda Hutton was
charged and later convicted of manslaughter in the
death of Hamzah. The judge in the case said she was a danger to her
children and the Recorder Of Bradford, Roger Thomas said:
"You have shown a
terrible failure to fulfill the most basic responsibility, in short you
to death. You were
worried that people would find out you killed him. Your deviousness was
various agencies away
from yo you and your children. Your wicked conduct has been displayed
Once again, as is
always the case in England, a review was done and Edward Timpson
stated that it was not only the fault of the mother, but also of the
Officers testified that when they entered
the home after a complaint
from neighbors that dirty diapers were continuously being thrown into
their yard, they smell was horrible from all of the trash. Living in
the home were five of Amanda's other children aged five to 12, Amanda
had admitted to the neglect of those five children and to preventing
the burial of Hamzah. Tariq Khan, who was 24 years old at the time, is
Amanda's oldest child and he was convicted of preventing the burial of
a child and was sentenced to two years in prison, with both years being
suspended. Tariq had testified that his mother held a knife to the
throat of one his siblings and threatened to kill the child or burn
down the house if he he told anyone that his brother had died.
In court, neighbors testified that the children in the home could be
heard crying and that they never seemed to be comforted and that the
blinds in the home were never opened. Children in the home were never
allowed to play outside and Paul Greaney CQ Prosecutor said the history
of what had taken place after those issues were raised was complex and
that Social Services, Education Services and the Police were involved
a greater or lesser extent adding that a case review was taking place
to figure out their involvement in the death of Hamzah but that their
involvement or lack of was not the only consideration:
"Whatever was and was
not done by those agencies should not detract from the shocking and
disgraceful conduct of
Amanda Hutton involving six of her children. She killed Hamzah, no one
Amanda Hutton was convicted of
manslaughter and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Another
conviction for child cruelty brought an additional sentence of three
years, as well as two and a half years for preventing the burial of a
child, the sentences would run consecutively.
was sentenced, Aftab said that Hamzah's death could have been avoided
if police had listened to him when he tried to report what was going
I have to wonder, why didn't Aftab help his children? Why did he not
clean up or try to, why did he not kick Amanda out of the house and
take control of the children? He has a part of the blame in this, if he
admits it or not. You don't watch your children suffer, report it and
then when nothing is done, go on with your life, unless you feel
nothing towards your children, still he said:
"If once they had
believed me and gone to check the children, Hamzah would have been
A family friend was at
the sentencing hearing and said:
"It's so bad that this
has happened to her and her whole family, really. I saw a lot of love
to her children.
Something must have happened to her"
"It is tragic beyond
words that by the time a health visitor did trigger concerns about the
Nick Frost didn't agree:
whereabouts of the younger children in the household, who were missing
from health and
education services altogether, Hamzah Khan was dead"
"If there was
sufficient information then we would have intervened. The only person
responsible for Hamzah's death was his mother"
Professor Frost said
that lessons had been learned and that the system had reformed so that
children would stop disappearing. It was said that Amanda and her
children had been removed from the local GP Patient list because she
had not shown up for more than one scheduled appointment with her
family, so rather than check on the children, she was removed from the
list. Professor Frost said that the policy that had allowed that to
happen, has been changed and will no longer be allowed.
During a press
conference, all parties seemed to want to blame the other, Social
Services and the Police were saying it had been the role of the other
to protect the child. One excuse they used was that Amanda and
some of the other children in the home had stated that Hamzah had been
shipped off to live with other relatives, this is a story they had
heard before, on more than one occasion and it turned out to be a lie,
yet NO ONE thought to verify
the information. No one involved was offering any apology for the fact
that a child had been allowed to die and lay mummified in his bed for
almost two years and not one person faced any discipline for failing
The Director Of Children's Services, Kath Tunstall, stated that all of
staff had acted appropriately and then she went on to criticize the
police for not letting them know of the concerns in this family. West
Yorkshire Police said that every domestic violence incident was
reported to the social workers though no specific concerns were made.
Why would they HAVE to be made? Any time there is domestic violence in
the home, someone should automatically check on the children, make sure
their mental and physical needs are being met, that is just common
Chief Executive of the charity, Action For Children, Dame Clare Tickell
go it right when she said:
"Children at risk of
dying at the hands of their parents are crying out for help but they
are not being
heard. It seems that
people are so afraid of doing the wrong thing, they don't do anything,
adds up to a systemic
failure to protect the most vulnerable. We need to be allowed to be
to push harder by being persistent and
take action to protect children, or child neglect will continue
to have devastating affects"
who gets it! I love love love this woman!
Thank you to Grisele for allowing me to memorialize this little Angel
by alerting me to his story.
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