A mum whose seven-year-old son was killed after leaving him at home alone while she visited her boyfriend has been jailed for neglect.
Wendy Hall, 33, left her son, Malakye, in a locked house with no lights on while seeing her partner.
Shortly after she left, the child managed to unlock the door and wandered onto a busy road, where he was hit and killed by a taxi.
A court heard the “popular” schoolboy only had his mum’s phone to play with when she left him at their home in Lindley Road, Bradford, on August 11 last year.
At around 10 pm, Malakye was run over and fatally injured on Manchester Road.
When a police officer came across the scene, the damaged phone was found in the boy’s possession, leading them to the house in darkness with the door open.
Hall was then traced to her partner’s home and taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary to identify her son’s body.
Prosecutor Abigail Langford said when Hall was interviewed the next day, and she admitted leaving Malakye at home on his own.
Miss Langford said: “She told officers she had left the door to the premises locked so that Malakye could not go out.”
She said she intended to take her son to her partner’s, but the boy changed his mind about going.
Miss Langford added: “She said she did not think Malakye could use the bolt on the back door.
“The Crown say this was a deliberate disregard for the welfare of Malakye. A deliberate decision to leave him in a house which had no electricity or gas.”
Hall pleaded guilty to neglecting her child and was jailed for three years. She also received an additional 18 months in prison for other matters.
Recorder Tahir Khan QC told Hall at Bradford Crown Court on Tuesday, August 17, 2021: “I’ve no reason to doubt you locked the door to stop him getting out, but as we know, he did with those tragic consequences.
“This is category one harm in my judgment. The deliberate act of leaving Malakye alone and vulnerable resulted in his death.”