A woman accused of stabbing her three-year-old daughter to death in Birmingham and dousing her in acid made a series of frantic 999 calls to police the day before the child's body was found, a court has heard.
The body of Alia Ahmed Jama was discovered by police at the home she shared with her mother Iman Omar Yousef, 25, in Erdington, in February.
The child had been stabbed repeatedly and acid had corroded her skin, bones and internal organs, Birmingham Crown Court has heard.
Yousef, a paranoid schizophrenic, was initially charged with her murder but Mr Justice Flaux ruled on Tuesday that she was unfit to plead to the charge and jurors were instructed to consider whether she was guilty of unlawfully killing her daughter.
DCI Tim Bacon, from West Midlands Police, told the panel that the two police officers who discovered Alia's body on February 13 had attended the property the previous evening after Yousef made six calls to police claiming there were people outside her home trying to get in.
Yousef, an asylum seeker from Somalia, was convinced there were people from Leicester - where she had relatives - "after her" and told officers she was frightened and did not feel safe at the rented property.
DCI Bacon said two officers spent around an hour an a half at the address and found no evidence of anyone outside.
He said: "I am certain that there were no people from Leicester or otherwise who were putting Mrs Yousef in this fear.
"Certainly there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that there were any such people and indeed, other than making references to people from Leicester, she could never be specific about who those individuals were."
The court heard that around two hours after officers left the Erdington property, Yousef attended a police station in central Birmingham with her daughter and carrying a suitcase, demanding to be moved into a hostel.
She was given security advice and sent home, after being told that she was not eligible for such accommodation.
James Burbidge QC, prosecuting, said that the defendant and her daughter, who came to the UK in 2007, lived at an address for those claiming asylum in Milverton Road, Erdington.
DCI Bacon told the jury that the two police officers who discovered Alia’s body on February 13 were met with the “shocking sight” of the little girl in a first floor bedroom. The court heard that one of the police officers who found Alia’s body collapsed at the scene.
Alia had been stabbed repeatedly and a corrosive agent had been thrown over her which had melted her skin.
Mr Justice Flaux said witnesses had spoken of Yousef being possessive towards Alia and went on: “The evidence was that the child was well nourished. There is no evidence of neglect or ill treatment. She clearly loved the child.”
However a housing officer had expressed her concerns about the welfare of Alia because of her mother’s mental health problems and had passed on these concerns to social services who visited the defendant on February 12.
The case continues.