Court staff set off a safety alarm as scuffles broke out today when a mum appeared charged with the manslaughter of her son.
Laura Heath, 39, appeared before magistrates following the death of seven-year-old Hakeem Hussain.
Angry scenes disrupted her first appearance as bystanders confronted each other in the public gallery.
A safety alarm was triggered by court staff as security staff and police stepped in to intervene.
Tragic Hakeem was found dead at a house in Nechells, Birmingham, in November 2017.
Heath was this week charged with manslaughter and four counts of child cruelty and appeared at Birmingham magistrates’ court for the first time.
Four men had to be ejected from the courtroom due to the disruption in the public viewing gallery.
The angry scenes then continued outside the courtroom, with those inside locked in for their safety.
Heath, of Little Clover Close, Nechells, who was wearing a pink chequered shirt and black jeans, spoke only to confirm her name and address.
She also apologised to magistrates for the disorder and appealed to the gallery for calm.
No plea was entered.
Heath was remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on August 12.
Hakeem was a Year 3 pupil at Nechells E-ACT Academy, just yards from where the schoolboy was found.
Headteacher Julie Wright said at the time: “Hakeem was a most beautiful little boy, a great friend to many staff and children with a wicked sense of humour and an infectious giggle.
‘”He was a warm and generous-hearted soul who was talented across many areas of the curriculum but especially so in music and the arts.
One neighbour said previously: “He was the sweetest little kid. Would always be full of beans and would wave and say hello. Just a lovely little soul.”
Detective Inspector Jim Munro, of West Midlands Police, said at the time: “This is a tragic case and has understandably had a huge impact on the community.
‘We’re working with partner agencies, including health and education officials, to ensure people who are close to Hakeem are given the support they need.”