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Timeline: Khyra Ishaq's death

Angela Gordon has admitted the manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility of her daughter Khyra Ishaq, who died after being found in an emaciated condition at her home in Handsworth, Birmingham.

Gordon's partner, Junaid Abuhamza, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished on 12 February.

Here is a timeline detailing the events surrounding the seven-year-old's death.

6 December 2007

Khyra Ishaq is removed from her school by her mother, Angela Gordon.

19 December 2007

Concerned about her welfare, the deputy head contacts social services. She and a colleague make a home visit but do not manage to see Khyra as they are not allowed in.

28 January 2008

Social worker Ranjit Mann visits Khyra's home in Handsworth. She knocks on the door but there is no answer.

29 - 30 January 2008

Gordon contacts Ms Mann by telephone, leaves a message but later refuses to arrange for the social worker to visit again.

8 February 2008

An educational social worker and a council mentor visit Khyra's home to offer advice on home schooling. They do not see Khyra.

21 February 2008

Birmingham City Council social workers Sanya Scott and Anne Gondo pay a pre-arranged visit but are refused entry to the house. The women decide that they have no concerns for Khyra's well-being after she is brought to meet them at the front door.

8 March 2008

A neighbour sees Khyra dressed in just her underwear in her back garden in Leyton Road looking "abnormally thin".

16 April 2008

The council mentor returns to the home but there is no answer. He leaves after posting a note through the letterbox.

17 May 2008

Khyra is discovered by paramedics at the family home in a state of starvation. Her weight had dropped to 2st 9lb (16.7 kg) and she had suffered an infection. She is taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital where she is pronounced dead.

19 May 2008

Gordon and Abuhamza appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court for the first time to face charges of neglect. They are remanded in custody.

23 May 2008

Birmingham City Council promises to do all it can to find out how Khyra died. The independent Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board begins a review into Khyra's care.

24 May 2008

Khyra's natural father, Ishaq Abu Zaire, speaks about his daughter's death, describing it as "absolutely disgraceful". He says he feels let down by the authorities.

28 May 2008

Gordon and Abuhamza appear in court via video link accused of causing or allowing Khyra's death.

15 July 2008

Gordon appears in court to face five new child cruelty charges. Abuhamza is also charged with the same offences but does not attend court because of health reasons.

13 August 2008

The Crown Prosecution Service charges the pair with Khyra's murder.

12 December 2008

Khyra's funeral is held at Salafi Mosque in Small Heath after Friday prayers.

6 February 2009

Gordon and Abuhamza appear at Birmingham Crown Court to deny the murder charge. They had earlier denied causing or allowing Khyra's death.

3 June 2009

Abuhamza pleads guilty to five charges of child cruelty. Gordon denies them.

5 June 2009

The first trial for Gordon and Abuhamza begins at Birmingham Crown Court. Jurors are told that UK doctors had rarely seen such a severe case of malnutrition.

29 June 2009

The trial is halted after three jury members were discharged for personal reasons.

5 October 2009

A report criticises Birmingham's children's services as not "fit for purpose" following an inquiry. The death of Khyra was one of those looked at during the council investigation.

19 January 2010

The pair's retrial begins at Birmingham Crown Court. The jury is told that Khyra succumbed to an infection after being starved "quite deliberately" while being kept prisoner in her own home.

12 February 2010

Abuhamza admits manslaughter in the fourth week of the trial and the murder charge is dropped following new evidence about his mental health.

Gordon also admits manslaughter but her plea is not accepted and her trial for murder continues.

25 February 2010

Gordon is cleared of murder but has her plea of guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility accepted.

She also admits five counts of child cruelty.

12 March 2010

Gordon is jailed for seven-and-a-half years and will spend another seven-and-a-half on licence.

Abuhamza is told he will serve at least seven-and-a-half years.

20 July 2010

An Ofsted report says Birmingham City Council is failing to protect vulnerable children and its capacity to improve is inadequate.

27 July 2010

The Serious Case Review into Khyra's death finds a catalogue of missed opportunities to help her and says her death was preventable.

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