Woman Charged After Boy's Dead Body Found at Home

A woman in England has been charged with manslaughter after a 7-year-old boy was found dead at his home nearly four years ago.

The child, Hakeem Hussain, was discovered dead by paramedics at a property on Cook Street in Nechells, Birmingham, at around 7:30 a.m. on November 26, 2017.

On Wednesday, Mark Paul, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) Complex Casework Unit, announced that Laura Heath, 39, had been charged with manslaughter in relation to the boy's death. She was also charged with four counts of cruelty to a child.

"Following the death of seven-year-old Hakeem Hussain in Birmingham in November 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service has authorized West Midlands Police to charge Laura Heath with one count of manslaughter and four counts of cruelty to a child," Paul said in a statement.

"The CPS authorized 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."

Heath will make her first appearance in court before Birmingham Magistrates on Thursday July 15, according to a separate statement released by West Midlands Police.

She was arrested at the same address where Hussain's body was found, West Midlands Police said. The police statement also described the address as the boy's home.

West Midlands Police wrote that "experts believe" Hussain "died from an asthma attack," and urged people to refrain from posting about the case on social media, writing: "We all want justice for Hakeem so please do not post anything that may stop a fair trial at court."

The child was a student at Nechells E-ACT Academy school at the time of his death.

His headteacher Julie Wright led the tributes to Hussain following the discovery of his body in 2017.

"Hakeem was a most beautiful little boy, a great friend to many staff and children with a wicked sense of humor and an infectious giggle," Wright said in a statement to BirminghamLive at the time.

"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."

Wright said that there "wasn't a dry eye in the house" when he sang "Christmas Star" at a school nativity the year before he died, saying that the performance would stay with her "forever."

She also spoke of children and staff "remembering what a great friend Hakeem was to them" and added: "Hakeem will be sorely missed by us all."

The school put together a book of "happy memories" focused around Hussain.

Newsweek has contacted the CPS for comment.

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