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Mother charged with 'acid death' girl's murder

Iman Omar Yousef
Tests are continuing on a 'hazardous substance' found at the house

A woman has appeared in court accused of murdering a three-year-old girl, believed to be her daughter.

Police are investigating whether acid played a part in the girl's death.

Iman Omar Yousef, 24, from Birmingham, spoke only to confirm her name, address and date of birth at Sutton Coldfield Magistrates' Court.

She was remanded in custody. The child, Alia Jama, was found at a house in Milverton Road, Erdington, on Saturday evening.

Ms Yousef, who was charged late on Tuesday evening, is to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday.

Tests are continuing on a "hazardous substance" found at the house.

Alia's body has been formally identified by members of her family.

'Playful little girl'

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: "Extensive medical and forensic testing is continuing today to ascertain what the substance is and whether it caused or contributed to Alia's death.

"Detectives, forensic experts and local officers continue [investigations] to find out what happened to this little girl."

A post-mortem examination failed to ascertain the cause of Alia's death and officers are now awaiting the results of toxicological and forensic tests.

Neighbours described the child as a "pretty, playful little girl", who had lived at the rented property for about a year.

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