A 7 year old school boy dies of cardiac arrest due to freezing temperatures on one of the coldest nights of the year. Hakeem Hussain 7, was found in his uncle’s house in Birmingham by the police.

Hakeem’s mother Laura Heath 25 and uncle Timothy Bust 56, have been arrested on suspicion of wilfully ill treating a child, but have been released on bail while further investigation is carried out by the authorities.

Det Insp Jim Munro, from the Public Protection Unit, said: “This is a tragic case and has understandably had a huge impact on the community.

“We’re working with partner agencies, including health and education officials, to ensure people who are close to Hakeem are given the support they need.”

The ambulance service were called to the house in Birmingham where Hakeem Hussain had tragically died at 7.30am, with the neighbours reporting that Timothy and Laura live at this address.

The ambulance service tried to help revive Hakeem but he was declared dead at the scene.

Hakeem Hussain’s mother Laura Heath & Uncle Timothy Bust, both arrested  on suspicion of wilful neglect

Hakeen’s aunt Aroosa Kausar said: ‘Hakeem had such a bright future. He was such a sweet boy and very playful. His death has torn our family apart.”

She added the boy’s father is “absolutely devastated”.

Hakeem Hussain was in year 3 at  Nechells E ACT Academy. Headteacher Julie Wright paid tribute to the child saying “Hakeem was a most beautiful little boy, a great friend to many staff and children with a wicked sense of humour and an infectious giggle.

“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.

“Hakeem will be sorely missed by us all.”