A mum has been accused of causing the death of her 7-year-old son after he was found dead outside the family home in freezing temperatures.
Laura Heath, 39, has denied gross negligence manslaughter and child cruelty over the death of little Hakeem Hussain, The Sun reports.
The schoolboy was found unresponsive outside his great-uncle’s house in Birmingham – where he and his mum had been living – on one of the coldest nights of the year.
Medics found he’d suffered a cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead at the scene in November 2017.
A post-mortem gave his cause of death as an asthma attack.
Heath, who appeared in Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, Jan 6, via video link from HMP Peterborough, is accused of breaching her duty of care to her young son by “smoking heroin and crack cocaine”.