Public inquiry call over dead girl found doused in acid

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Iman Omar Yousef
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Iman Omar Yousef, 25, was found to be unfit to enter a plea

A senior psychologist at a Birmingham mental health organisation has called for a public inquiry into the death of a girl at the hands of her mother.

Iman Omar Yousef, 25, stabbed three-year-old Alia Ahmed Jama before dousing her body in acid.

Yousef, from Erdington in Birmingham, was declared unfit to stand trial.

"There needs to be something wider to bring [together] all the agencies involved, not only for this issue," said Michael Lilley, of My Time.

My Time is an organisation that offers counselling and psychological services.

Mr Lilley added: "The wider issue is we have an increasing population in Birmingham and we don't have the services and resources to meet their needs."

Unfit to plead

On Thursday a judge at Birmingham Crown Court ordered Yousef to remain in a secure psychiatric hospital.

A jury listened for three days of evidence before finding Yousef unlawfully killed Alia.

Yousef, who has paranoid schizophrenia, had been declared unfit to plead or stand trial.

Alia's body was found covered in bin liners on a bedroom floor at a house in Milverton Road on 13 February.

The court heard Alia had been repeatedly stabbed and acid had corroded her bones and internal organs.

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board has commissioned a serious case review. A spokeswoman said the findings would become public.

Ofsted will inspect the review, as it does in all cases.

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