A girl accidentally killed herself as she wanted to frighten her parents after an argument, a court has heard.
13-year-old schoolgirl Francesca Cushion, referred to as Frankie, was discovered unconscious in her bedroom by her dad and was declared dead in hospital soon afterward.
Her mom Colleen Nagel maintained that she wouldn’t have wanted to leave her family devastated by committing suicide.
A coroner ruled that Francesca, who might have suffered from autism, passed away due to a tragic accident connected to her development disability.
A court in Liverpool heard that the she had been waiting for a check-up with mental health experts before her death on 19th August this year.
Frankie had earlier seen a pediatrician who referred her to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services over worries she might have had Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
The medic informed Frankie’s parents that she didn’t require urgent help and that she didn’t plan to harm herself.
However, on the day of her death, her dad Paul arrived at the family home in and found Frankie in her bedroom unconscious.
He attempted CPR and was rushed to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead soon after her arrival.
Ms Nigel informed the hearing that for 2 years Frankie had struggled with her behavior, and was grounded the week prior to her death.
She stated that Frankie had earlier attempted to frighten her parents and threatened to escape home.
Liverpool area coroner Anita Bhardwaj stated she could not be certain beyond doubt that Frankie had planned to kill herself.
Returning a ruling of accidental death, she stated: It’s more likely than not that her behavior was part of a growth disability.
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