A mother killed her three-year-old daughter at their home in Birmingham by repeatedly stabbing her and then pouring an acid-like substance over the girl, possibly in the belief it would “dissolve her away”, a court heard.
Officers who went to the address in Erdington, after concerns were raised, were “met with a truly shocking sight” the city’s crown court has heard.
A jury must decide whether Iman Omar Yousef, who has been found unfit to plead, unlawfully killed her daughter, Alia Ahmed Jama.
The court heard that the 25-year-old Somalian national, who had been charged with murder, had been examined by three psychiatrists and found to be suffering from the serious mental illness of paranoid schizophrenia.
Social workers had visited her at some stage earlier and expressed concerns about whether Alia was being supervised properly, the court heard.
James Burbidge QC, prosecuting, said: “You are going to hear about a sad and tragic case because it concerns the death of a three-year-old child. We say once you have heard all the evidence you can be sure that Iman Yousef did kill her daughter. There is no other candidate for it.”
He said that the defendant came to England via Holland and in February this year was living in a multi-occupancy accommodation in Milverton Road, for asylum seekers, with her daughter Alia Ahmed Jama.
On February 13 she visited her family in Leicester who became concerned about her daughter’s whereabouts. West Midlands Police were contacted and two police officers forced entry in to her home.
“What they found was a truly shocking sight. In the middle bedroom on the first floor the child’s body was found on the floor,” said Mr Burbidge.
He said on the day before Alia was found, her mother had taken her to a medical centre in Stockland Green and asked for her to be medically examined.
“There is no evidence from the medical records to suggest that Ali was anything other than fit and well,” said Mr Burbidge.
He said that Yousef’s visit to the medical centre may have been prompted by a previous visit from social workers who had expressed concerns about whether Alia was being supervised properly.
Mr Burbidge said that on February 12 Yousef had also gone with Alia to Steelhouse Lane police station in Birmingham and demand that the police find them hostel accommodation.
That was the last time Alia was seen alive and the following day Yousef was captured on CCTV catching a train from New Street Station to Leicester.
A post-mortem examination revealed that the corrosive agent had penetrated into Alia’s body but a specific cause of death could not been ascertained because of the condition of the body.
The case continues.