Sometimes, for some unexplained reasons, terrible things happen. It is the world we live in.

Neighbours at the Trelawney Estate in Hackney, London thought the stench coming from one family’s flat was from cooking.

But they were wrong, the stench was indeed that of a decomposing dead woman and her 4-year-old son.

Apparently, the woman who live alone with her son in the flat, had unexpectedly died at home on 1 or 2 October 2016.

The little boy, Chadrack had learning difficulties, a disease called autism, so he did not know how to call for help or feed himself properly.

A government official who looked into the death, said it was likely that Chadrack managed to survive for at least 2 weeks after the mother died.

“He was found a couple of days after his own death, with his arms around her (the mother) body. She was by then very decomposed,” the coroner, Mary Hassel said.

The case has now raised questions over school procedures when children are absent.

Staff at Chadrack’s school, Morningside Primary, had visited the home twice and rang several times in early October but could not get in.

Ms Hassell has called for a new system to handle unexplained absences from school after the little boy had not attended since September 30.

She argued without action there was a risk of other similar deaths.

The inquest found the school had a telephone number for Chadrack’s mother, but not for any other family member or friend.

But now the school insists that for every child in the school they will have the telephone number of three different adults.