Mute autistic boy, four, who starved to death clinging to his mother’s rotting corpse TWO WEEKS after she died from an epileptic fit in their London flat

  • Chadrack Mbala Mulo was too disabled to call for help when mother Esther died
  • He clung to his mother’s rotting corpse for two weeks before starving to death 
  • Neighbours thought the stench of Mrs Mulo’s rotting corpse was her cooking 

A mute and autistic four-year-old clung to his mother’s rotting corpse for two weeks before starving to death in their London flat.

Chadrack Mbala Mulo was too disabled to call for help when his mother Esther died after an epileptic fit at their Hackney home in October.

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The windows were open but neighbours thought the stench of Mrs Mulo’s rotting corpse was her Congolese cooking.

Chadrack Mbala Mulo (pictured) was too disabled to call for help when his mother Esther died after an epileptic fit at their Hackney home in October

Chadrack Mbala Mulo (pictured) was too disabled to call for help when his mother Esther died after an epileptic fit at their Hackney home in October

The windows were open but neighbours thought the stench of Mrs Mulo's (pictured) rotting corpse was her Congolese cooking

The windows were open but neighbours thought the stench of Mrs Mulo’s (pictured) rotting corpse was her Congolese cooking

One said: ‘It has haunted me for a long time, that I could have helped, and I didn’t know.

‘Chadrack needed feeding and watering. He passed away because he was hungry, not because something happened to him.’

The 35-year-old mother told the Hackney Gazette: ‘I keep thinking to myself: “Did I hear him? Did I hear him next door?” But he never spoke. Never. He just hid behind his mum and held onto her clothes. He couldn’t even call out or speak through the letterbox.’

Chadrack's mother posted a picture of her son in his uniform on Facebook with the single word: 'Love'

Chadrack’s mother posted a picture of her son in his uniform on Facebook with the single word: ‘Love’

This is the corridor leading the flat where Chadrack Mbala Mulo died clinging to his mother

A mute and autistic four year old clung to his mother's rotting corpse for two weeks before starving to death in their London flat (pictured)

A mute and autistic four year old clung to his mother’s rotting corpse for two weeks before starving to death in their London flat (pictured)

Chadrack’s mother posted a picture of her son in his uniform on Facebook with the single word: ‘Love’.

A month later Chadrack was found after he died of malnutrition and dehydration.

Coroner Mary Hassel said: ‘Chadrack had learning difficulties and, when his mother died unexpectedly at home on 1 or 2 October 2016, he did not know how to call for help or feed himself properly.’

Staff at his Morningside Primary had tried to call his mother and visited the family home twice but could not make contact 

Staff at his Morningside Primary had tried to call his mother and visited the family home twice but could not make contact

Staff at his Morningside Primary had tried to call his mother and visited the family home twice but could not make contact.

The coroner added: ‘They could not gain access to the block of flats where Chadrack and his mother lived.

‘The likelihood is that Chadrack lived alone in the family home for over a fortnight after his mother’s death.

This is the estate where the four year old died while holding on to his mother's bodyThis is the estate where the four year old died while holding on to his mother’s body

‘He was found a couple of days after his own death, with his arms around her body. She was by then very decomposed.’

Janet Taylor, the headteacher at Morningside, said the school had at the time followed its procedure for checking on children missing from school, reports Schools Week.

She added: ‘Chadrack’s tragic death has devastated all those who knew him at our school. We will remember him as a happy little boy and the circumstances of his death are heartbreaking.

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