Mother of mummified boy's threats to kill her other children

Hamzah Khan, the son of Amanda Hutton 43, whose decomposed body was discovered in a travel cot. Credit: West Yorkshire Police/PA

An alcoholic mother of eight who starved her four-year-old son to death threatened to kill her other children, a judge who sentenced her to 15 years in prison heard.

New revelations about Amanda Hutton's behaviour emerged as she was jailed for the manslaughter of Hamzah Khan, whose decomposed body was found at her home almost two years after he died in December 2009.

Bradford Crown Court heard that when Hamzah died, his eldest brother Tariq told his mother that something needed to be done, but Amanda Hutton told him that if he told anyone, she would kill her five other children.

ITV News correspondent Damon Green reports:

Hutton pleaded guilty to five charges of neglecting her five school-aged children. She was convicted of starving her son Hamzah to death yesterday.

Judge Roger Thomas QC said the children were found in a situation that was "breathtakingly awful". He told her:

He said the child cruelty charges relate to a period of nearly three years when she forced her children "to live in quite appalling conditions of squalor which understandably shocked even the most seasoned police officers" who visited her home.

A Serious Case Review has taken place as a result, according to prosecutor Paul Greaney.