Khyra Ishaq
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Starved girl Khyra Ishaq's death 'was preventable'

27 July 2010 Last updated at 15:32 BST

The death of a seven-year-old girl who starved to death could have been prevented, a report has found.

Khyra Ishaq was mistreated by her mother and her partner at a house in Handsworth, Birmingham, and weighed just 2st 9lb (16.5kg) when found.

The Serious Case Review into her death found a catalogue of missed opportunities by professional agencies.

It also said better assessments and more effective communication could have stopped her death in 2008.

Alison Holt reports.