A man and woman have been arrested on suspicion of wilfully ill-treating a child after a seven-year-old boy’s body was found at a property in Nechells, Birmingham on Sunday.

The seven-year-old, who was found dead inside the property around 7:30am, has been named locally as Hakeem.

A 56-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were arrested and later released under investigation while inquiries continue.

The cause of his death remains unknown but a post mortem is due to be carried out on Friday.

Balloons and floral tributes have been left outside the house for the year 3 pupil who attended nearby Nechells Primary Academy.

One card refers to the young boy as ‘our angel’ and reads: “To our baby Hakeem. Rest in peace our angel. Forever and always in our hearts, love always from your aunties.”

A spokesman for the school the boy attended said: “We are deeply saddened by the death of one of our pupils, which happened out of school.

“We are providing support for our pupils through grief and bereavement counsellors who specialise in working with young children.

“As the incident is now being investigated by police, we are not able to provide any detail at this point.”

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “A man and woman were arrested on suspicion of wilfully ill-treating a child after a seven-year-old boy was found deceased at a property on Cook Street, Nechells, on Sunday, November 26, just after 7.30am.

“The 56-year-old man and woman, aged 35, have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

“A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Friday to establish the cause of the boy’s death.”