Confined to a squalid room for months, the emaciated girl was deprived of food and regularly beaten, before she died in excruciating pain in May 2008, weighing just 2st 9lbs.
On her death, she was found to have suffered more than two dozen injuries.
Mrs Justice King said: "It is beyond belief that in 2008 in a bustling, energetic and modern city like Birmingham, a child of seven was withdrawn from school and thereafter kept in squalid conditions for a period of five months before finally dying of starvation,” she said."This was sustained and punitive brutality to very young children over many months of a type which thankfully is virtually unheard of in this country.He suffered more than 50 injuries after months of abused despite over 60 visits from social workers and being placed on the "at risk" register.Details of Khyra's suffering emerged at the end of a criminal trial at Birmingham Crown Court into Gordon and Abuhamza, who saw murder charges dropped after both claimed diminished responsibility.In a ruling released on the 10th anniversary of the death of Victoria Climbie - the eight-year-old also failed by social services and starved to death at the hands of sadistic relatives - she said Khyra's death could have been prevented.
“On the evidence before the court I can only conclude that in all probability had there been an adequate initial assessment and proper adherence by the educational welfare services to its guidance, [Khyra] would not have died.” Abu Zaire Ishaq, Khyra’s natural father, criticised the system for letting his daughter slip through the net.Psychiatrists claimed that Gordon, 35, had suffered major depression at the time of Khyra’s death, while Abuhamza, 30, was a schizophrenic.Mrs Justice King issued her damning verdict at the High Court after she was asked to rule on the care for the other five children who had lived in the house alongside Khyra.“These are classical social work failures,” he said.Khyra and five other children in the family home in Birmingham were forced to share a single mattress and survive on just a small bowl of food a day, in conditions compared to a "Victorian workhouse".As Gordon and Abuhamza were convicted for manslaughter and child cruelty charges, the failures of the local social services and welfare officers - which allowed Khyra and the five other children to suffer in silence - were laid bare.