A boy killed crossing a road had been abandoned by his selfish mum visiting her boyfriend.

Little seven-year-old Malakye Hall had been left at home without any electricity or gas when he found himself locked out of the building on August 11.

With no one looking after him, young Malakye was mown down by a taxi driver as he ran across the A641 in Holme Top, Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Mum Wendy Hall, 33 was traced by police from her mobile phone knocked from Malakye's possession at the scene of his tragic death.

On Tuesday, Hall was sentenced to three years behind bars at Bradford Crown Court after pleading guilty to neglect.

A court heard Hall had left her phone with Malakye to play on while she was away, but it appeared that he got out of the house shortly after she left.

Malakye was knocked over on the A641 in Holme Top, Bradford, on August 11 last year after he got out the nearby home. Police found Hall's damaged mobile phone at the scene and traced her to her boyfriend's home.

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Sentencing the mum, Recorder Tahir Khan QC said: "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.

"The deliberate act of leaving Malakye alone and vulnerable resulted in his death."

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Hall also received an additional 18 months in prison for other matters.

The defendant had told the court she thought her son couldn't use the bolton the back door of their Holme Top home.

But the Crown argued Hall showed "a deliberate disregard for the boy's welfare".

Hall, who had no previous convictions, had been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and had suffered from depression and anxiety since her teens.

Her defence lawyer claimed Hall's culpability could be reduced due to her mental disorder.

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