The mother of a 7-year-old boy found dead in the garden was too ‘drunk’ to pick him up from school

Hakeem Hussain was found dead in a back garden in November 2017, less than three weeks after his mother Laura Heath failed to pick him up from Nechells Primary E-ACT Academy

Hakeem Hussain's body was found outside a home in Birmingham
Hakeem Hussain’s body was found outside a home in Birmingham

A mother accused of neglecting her now-dead son has been found “high” on drugs after forgetting to pick him up from school, a court has heard.

Hakeem Hussain was found dead in a back garden in November 2017.

The seven-year-old had woken up in the middle of the night with a severe asthma attack, Coventry Crown Court heard. The Birmingham Mail reports.

He was unable to wake his mother, Laura Heath, who had been taking heroin the night before, to get his inhaler, jurors were told.

Less than three weeks before his death, the mother was found with “popping eyes” by staff at Nechells Primary E-ACT Academy when they knocked on her door after she failed to pick Hakeem up, the court heard.

She fell off the pavement while being escorted back to school, where she tearfully apologized to her son and claimed she fell asleep, a jury was told.

Police in front of the house in Nechels


Birmingham Mail/BPM Media)

The 39-year-old, of no fixed address, has admitted to four counts of child abuse but denied manslaughtering her son.

Neelam Ahmed, Head of Family Services at the school, gave a testimony yesterday, Tuesday 29th March.

She told the court that Hakeem’s poor schooling had become a problem and that she had made a number of referrals to social services, raising concerns including that the boy was “hungry, dirty and tired.”

Ms. Ahmed said of 52 school days from September 2017 until his death, Hakeem only attended 15.5 of them.

She recalled visiting the family home in Long Acre in Nechells, Birmingham on November 1 and smelling cannabis.

The defendant admitted to smoking it but claimed she did so in the garden, Ms Ahmed said.

She then told the court that she went back to the home on November 10 because Heath did not pick Hakeem up from school.

Ms. Ahmed said: “Her eyes were red. They jumped out of her head. She had bags under her eyes. She came forward. I remember she said she couldn’t find the keys. She was quite unpredictable as she introduced herself.

Hakeem’s attendance at school was a cause for concern


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“I heard noises on the property, then she jumped the fence and came around. She closed the front door behind her. She said if she came back she would look for the keys and go over the fence again.”

Confirming that she and a colleague were escorting Heath back to school, she added: “She almost walked or ran ahead of us as we walked behind her.

“She said she fell asleep. I remember falling off the curb.

“Pretty unpredictable the way she walked. At that point I was concerned that she was under the influence of something, substances or drugs.

“I remember her apologizing to Hakeem and apologizing for falling asleep. I think Hakeem remarked ‘she always falls asleep’, but before he finished ‘asleep’ she stopped him and asked him to get his stuff.”

The court had previously heard that Heath took Hakeem to a house on nearby Cook Street after gas and electricity were cut off on her property for non-payment.

At the Cook Street address, the boy died in the early hours of November 26.

An autopsy revealed the cause of death as an acute exacerbation of asthma.

The four counts of child abuse Heath has pleaded guilty to include two counts of “willful neglect of her son through failure to receive appropriate medical supervision in a manner likely to cause him unnecessary suffering or harm to health” and two counts of “willful mistreatment.” . Hakeem by exposing him to heroin and crack cocaine.

The court case continues. The mother of a 7-year-old boy found dead in the garden was too 'drunk' to pick him up from school

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