First picture released of boy who froze to death outside his home as two arrested for neglect

The first picture of a seven-year-old boy who died outside his house after suffering from suspected hypothermia has been released.

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

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.

The boy’s aunt, Aroosa Kausar, paid tribute to the young boy, calling him ‘sweet and playful’.

‘I only saw him a few weeks ago and he was telling me about how he wanted to be a doctor. Hakeem had such a bright future,’ she said.

‘His father is absolutely devastated already misses him greatly.

‘All we have left are memories of him, but we will hold him dearly in our hearts. His laugh will stay with us forever.’

A post-mortem examination was due to take place today to determine the cause of death.

Police have said inquiries into the youngster’s death are continuing.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: ‘A man and woman were arrested on suspicion of wilfully ill-treating a child after a seven-year-old boy was found deceased at a property in Cook Street, Nechells, on Sunday, November 26, just after 7.30am.

‘The 56-year-old man and woman, aged 35, have been released under investigation while inquiries continue.’

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: ‘Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene and arrived to find a boy in cardiac arrest. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the child and he was confirmed dead on scene.’