Mum charged after son, 7, 'freezes to death' outside house

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A mum has been charged with manslaughter after her son was found dead in freezing conditions almost four years ago.

The body of Hakeem Hussain, 7, was discovered outside a home in Birmingham, UK, around 7:30am on November 26, 2017, local media reports.

Paramedics were called to the scene but he could not be saved.

The seven-year-old had suffered a cardiac arrest outside his great-uncle’s home, where he and his mum had been living, Daily Mail reports.

Hakeem Hussain and his mum Laura Heath.
The body of Hakeem Hussain, 7, was discovered outside a home in Birmingham, UK, around 7:30am on November 26, 2017. Source: Mirrorpix/Australscope

On Wednesday (local time), the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed Hakeem's mum Laura Heath had been charged with one count of manslaughter and four counts of cruelty to a child.

The 39-year-old will appear before Birmingham Magistrates on Thursday (local time).

"Following the death of seven-year-old Hakeem Hussain in Birmingham in November 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service has authorised West Midlands Police to charge Laura Heath with one count of manslaughter, and four counts of cruelty to a child," Mark Paul, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service's [CPS] Complex Casework Unit, said.

"The CPS authorised charges following careful consideration of all the evidence presented to us by the police as a result of their investigation.

"The alleged offences occurred between 12 April 2017 and 26 November 2017."

The home where the seven-year-old was found dead outside.
The home where the seven-year-old was found dead outside is just metres from his school. Source: Mirrorpix/Australscope

Hakeem was a grade three student at Nechells Primary Academy, just metres from the home where his body was found.

"Hakeem was a most beautiful little boy, a great friend to many staff and children with a wicked sense of humour and an infectious giggle," head teacher Julie Wright said at the time of his death.

"He was a warm and generous-hearted soul who was talented across many areas of the curriculum but especially so in music and the arts.

"His performance as the ‘Christmas Star’ in the year two nativity play last year will stay with me forever as he totally stole the show with his clear speaking voice and stage presence."

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