A mother who is a drug addict used her son's asthma inhaler to smoke drugs like cocaine and heroin.
According to The Daily Mail, the Coventry Crown court stated that this woman named Laura Heath "prioritised her addiction to heroin and crack cocaine" over her seven-year-old son Hakeem Hussain who died in pyjamas.
The young boy was found by paramedics in near-freezing conditions outside his house in Birmingham at around 7.30 am on November 26, 2017. Two ambulances had rushed to the scene but the paramedics couldn't save the child.
The woman is charged with the manslaughter of her son.
She has admitted to child cruelty relating to neglect which also includes exposing the kid to heroin and crack cocaine.
Pictures also reveal this woman's unkept and untidy house where her son slept on a sofa before suffering an asthma attack and dying in the garden.
Several pictures also show Hakeem's asthma inhaler wrapped in foil so she could use them to smoke drugs.
Hakeem's teachers told the court that his jumper smelled of urine and his school uniform reeked of cigarettes. A child protection meeting was held two days before his death, where a school nurse had warned Hakeem was at risk of death and should be removed from his mother. But social workers decided he should not be removed from his mother's care, despite him being deemed at 'serious risk of harm'.
The court was also told that Hakeem's breathing got worse day by day and, the night before he was found dead, he had gone outside alone to get some air.
Several friends of the mother also mentioned how she was smoking drugs while her son was sick in the other just 24 hours before he died.
Prosecutor Mathew Brook said, "Hakeem had gone to bed around 10 o'clock the previous evening. The defendant, his mother, says that she joined him in the same bed an hour or two later after she had finished smoking heroin in the living room.
"At some stage that night, Hakeem got out of bed and went outside, which he would do when his asthma was bad and he needed fresh air.
"Usually when he had difficulty breathing, he would wake his mother - indeed he had done so the previous night - and ask her to give him his inhaler."
"Hakeem was clutching a leaf in his hand. There was no sign of his asthma medication being with him."
He even said that sample of Hakeem's hair showed "significant exposure to heroin, cocaine, and cannabis".
The trial still continues.
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