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Police quiz pair over boy's remains

A man and woman are being questioned by detectives after the decomposing body of a three-year-old boy was discovered inside a family home.

Police found the body of the youngster at a mid-terrace house in Crofton Road, in the Heaton area of Bradford, after "concerns were raised about the occupants".

The female suspect, 41, named locally as Amanda Hutton, was arrested along with a 22-year-old man. Both remain in police custody. It is understood the dead toddler is the woman's son Hamza.

West Yorkshire Police said they are not seeking anyone else in connection with the investigation.

Officers have given out few details about how or where the youngster was found but it is understood he may have been dead for a considerable period of time - possibly months.

Neighbours living on the quiet suburban street expressed their shock in the wake of the police investigation.

They said the house was occupied by a woman and her large family who had lived at the property for about two years.

One neighbour said she did not know the woman or her family very well but would often see her bringing in the shopping. She had not seen much of her in recent weeks.

The neighbour, who has lived in the street for six years, said: "It's just such a terrible shock. This really is a quiet area. No-one knows what's happened. It's just incredibly sad."

She said the street was generally problem-free but that there had been trouble recently with some members of the family under investigation for throwing rubbish in other people's gardens. The woman said she thought this was why police were called to the house on Wednesday.


From Belfast Telegraph