A mother accused of starving her seven-year-old daughter to death refused to take another child in her care to a dietician despite medical advice to do so, a court heard today.
Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court were told that Angela Gordon banned staff at the child's school from feeding him snacks when he was hungry.
Gordon is charged alongside her partner Junaid Abuhamza - with the murder of Khyra Ishaq, who died from malnutrition.
Dr Suraj Ahmed said teachers grew concerned about the young boy after he stole food from the plates of his classmates.
The child, who cannot be named, was seven years old when Dr Ahmed examined him in January last year.
The doctor, an assistant specialist in community paediatrics, said: 'The school was a little bit concerned because he always appeared to be hungry.'
'He was searching cupboards looking for food as soon as he got into school.
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