Birmingham City Council has been accused of being "heartless" in its response to the death of a seven-year-old girl who is believed to have been starved at her home.
Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said he was amazed that Birmingham City Council had not agreed to demands for it to launch an inquiry into the death of Khyra Ishaq in Handsworth.
Speaking after the council confirmed Khyra's five siblings were now in foster care, Mr Mahmood expressed anger that the authority had not done more to reassure the local community.
In a two-paragraph statement, the City Council said its Safeguarding Children Board, which considers every child death, would meet on Friday to review the death of Khyra.
But Mr Mahmood said of the statement: "It's not sufficient to alleviate some of the apprehension within the community at the moment. Basically, it's a way of shutting down any further discussion on this.
"I find it absolutely amazing that they are taking a head-in-the-sand approach to this."
Describing Friday's meeting as a technicality, the Birmingham Perry Barr MP added: "A huge tragedy has taken place. All of us need to get together and resolve this - it's not about them and us. Everybody has been touched by this and yet the authority seems totally heartless."
Mr Mahmood said some council officers had been instructed not to talk to him about the death of Khyra, who died at Birmingham's Children's Hospital after paramedics were called to her home in Handsworth early on Saturday.
The MP went on: "Various councillors and officers have been told not to speak - I am appalled at this sort of diktat. I want an inquiry into what has happened, but also want the local authority to communicate with my constituents to let them know how we can deal with this sort of situation."
Police are still awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination on Khyra's body, but sources have said the youngster is believed to have died of starvation.
She and her five siblings are reported to have been in an emaciated state when paramedics were called to their home in Leyton Road, Handsworth.
It has also been claimed that some of the children may have eaten scraps of bread left out for birds in their neighbour's garden.
Mr Mahmood told reporters on Wednesday the siblings were removed from school by their mother 10 weeks ago following claims of bullying.
The MP has been told an educational social worker paid a visit to the family home but no further follow-up checks took place.
Mr Mahmood told GMTV today: "Obviously, something has gone wrong somewhere. What I am calling for is Birmingham City Council to look at this... the chief executive to review the procedures and come back and report to us and let us know what has gone wrong."
In its statement, Birmingham City Council said it had been granted an emergency protection order for the five siblings of Khyra as soon as they were made aware of her death.
"The care and welfare of the siblings remains our priority and the children have now been placed in foster care," the statement concluded.
Many residents in the neighbourhood remained angry at what had been allowed to happen. A neighbour who described Khyra as a "wonderful girl" hit out at the school and social services today for not protecting her and her siblings.
The man, who lives a few doors away from the family home, declined to be named but said attention should be focused on how the tragedy was allowed to happen. He said: "You should really be tough on them at the school and the authorities because they are supposed to be looking after our children.
"I have a daughter at the same school. If they weren't going to school, the school should have known why. The school should have known something. They couldn't tell me, they just said there will be an investigation."
He added that Khyra had been to his house two years ago for a party and stood out because she was "such a happy girl".
He said: "She was positive and smiling and full of life, like children should be. I noticed her because she was such a happy girl."
He used to see Khyra walking to school and playing in the street with her siblings, he said, but had not seen them for some time. He added: "They used to be outside having fun but I haven't seen them for about a year and a half now. I thought they might have moved."
Parents dropping off children at the nearby Grove School, where Khyra was a pupil, also spoke of their shock and concern at what had happened.
Renata Palczewska, 26, said: "I was in shock when the teacher told me what had happened to the little girl. The teacher, when she told me, was almost in tears.
"The school gave us a letter but they couldn't give us much information. The teacher just told me to watch the news."
* Angela Gordon, 33, and Junaid Abuhamza, 29 - Khyra's mother and her partner - have appeared in court charged with causing or allowing her death through neglect.