No family members turn up to inquest of seven-year-old Hakeem Hussain who died last month

An inquest into the death of seven-year-old Hakeem Hussain who was found ‘frozen to death’ outside a house in Birmingham has opened – with no family members turning up to the inquest.

Seven-year-old Hakeem Hussain, who has been described as ‘sweet and playful’, was found outside his house in near freezing temperatures on November 26.

It is believed the young boy might have been in the freezing temperatures for a while before his body was discovered.

Two ambulances were called to the house in Nechells, Birmingham on Sunday around 7:30am but were unable to save the boy. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 56-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of wilfully ill-treating a child and a 35-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of wilfully neglecting a child.

The two have now been released on bail as police continue to investigate.

An inquest into his death started today at Birmingham Coroner’s Court but no one from his family attended.

A postmortem into the cause of death proved inconclusive and further tests are to be carried out to ascertain how he died.

Area Coroner Emma Brown said because a criminal investigation was ongoing she could not set a date for the full inquest. She adjourned it until January 26 next year for an inquest review.

Birmingham city council said Hakeem was known to the authority and the multi-agency Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board was deciding whether to launch a review of his case.

Birmingham City Council said in a statement: ‘We can confirm the child was known to us and our thoughts are with those who knew and loved him.

‘We are working with police and health to establish all the circumstances leading to his death. The multi-agency Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board is aware of the case and will decide whether it meets the criteria for a serious case review.’