Friday, 23 May 2008

Child team meet over neglect case

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A children's panel is expected to meet later to discuss the case of a seven-year-old girl who is thought to have starved to death. Khyra Ishaq of Birmingham was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead on Saturday. Two people, thought to be her mother and step-father, have been charged with neglect in connection with her death. Birmingham City Council has said its panel would meet to discuss the death after an MP demanded an investigation. The council said its Safeguarding Children Board, which looks into every child's death, would meet to discuss Khyra's case. Emergency order Earlier, Birmingham Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood has asked for an inquiry and accused the council of "battening down its hatches" by refusing to speak about the case. The council said it had been granted an emergency protection order for Khyra's five siblings who were now in foster care. Angela Gordon, 33, and Junaid Abuhamza, 29, have appeared before the city's magistrates charged with neglect. They have been remanded in custody until 28 May.

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