A CRUEL mum whose seven-year-old son died after she left him home alone has been caged.
Wendy Hall, 33, abandoned Malakye in a locked house with no gas or electricity when she went to visit her lover.
Tragically the youngster managed to unlock the door and wandered onto a busy road where he was hit and killed by a taxi.
Police managed to find Hall's mobile, which was all Malakye had to play with, and traced it to the Bradford home which was plunged in darkness.
They eventually tracked down the mum, who admitted leaving her son alone on August 11 last year.
Hall has now been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to neglect at Bradford Crown Court.
She received an additional 18 months in prison for other matters.
The court was told Hall had moved out the house but returned with Malakye to pick up some belongings before heading to her partner's.
But when the youngster said he didn't want to go, she bolted the back door and left him alone.
Prosecutor Abigail Langford said: "She said she did not think Malakye could use the bolt on the back door."
"The Crown say this was a deliberate disregard for the welfare of Malakye. A deliberate decision to leave him in a house which had no electricity or gas."
The court was told Hall had been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and had suffered from depression and anxiety since her teens.
Sentencing, Recorder Tahir Khan QC said: "The deliberate act of leaving Malakye alone and vulnerable resulted in his death."
Following his death, Malakye was described as a "lovely" child with a "bright smile."
One of his teachers, Louise Norris-Green, said: "Malakye was such a lovely, funny, happy boy and it was a real pleasure to teach him.
"He will be so sorely missed, thinking of you all at this incredibly sad time."
While a family friend added: "Sleep tight our sweet Malakye, you will forever be in our thoughts, prayers and a very special place in our hearts with your big hair, impeccable manners and of course the bright smile on your face."
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