A Birmingham couple have been charged with allowing a seven-year-old girl to die.

Angela Gordon and Junaid Abuhamza, believed to be the mother and stepfather of Kyrah Ishaq, were arrested after police discovered Kyrah in a seriously ill condition at an house in Leyton Road, Handsworth.

Kyrah was taken to hospital, where she later died. It is believed she died of starvation.

Abuhamza, 29, and Gordon, 33, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday following their arrest on Saturday and were charged with causing or allowing Kyrah’s death.

The case was adjourned and the couple are now due to appear before Birmingham Crown Court on next Wednesday.

It is believed Khyra may have five siblings who are also being treated in hospital.

A West Midlands Police spokesman today confirmed the incident and said officers were working with the social services department at Birmingham City Council.

A council spokesman added: "We are deeply saddened by the death of this child and our sympathies go to the child’s family and friends at this difficult time.

"This death is now the subject of a police enquiry and the council is fully supporting their investigation. As a result we are unable to make any further comment."