Tragic teenager ‘left to fend for herself’ before being found dead in flat

A heartbroken mum has said she "will leave no stone unturned to get justice for my daughter" following the teen's tragic death.

Speaking out after the virtual inquest at Bradford Coroner's Court into the death of her 19-year-old daughter Courtney Lonsdale, 38-year-old mum-of-four Kate Reilly spoke at her utter devastation at losing her girl.

The court heard how the Calderdale College student studied Childcare studies and dreamed of going to university but was found dead at her flat in Ovenden, Halifax, on March 2 last year, YorkshireLive reports.

Police officers explained how they had gone to her home on the afternoon of March 2 after being told of concerns for her welfare.

When they arrived, officers tragically found Courtney's body along with handwritten suicide notes.

Assistant coroner Oliver Longstaff heard how Miss Reilly, who now lives in Morecambe, had Courtney when she was just 16 years old.

She was in a relationship where she was the victim of domestic violence and was forced in 2010 to give up her three children into foster care to protect them.

Miss Reilly, who said she was from a "travelling family", claimed that Courtney had suffered mental and physical abuse while in foster care.

She said her children were placed with "middle-class folk" who they could not identify with.

Miss Reilly said Courtney was "a mixed-up, confused little girl with a mental age of 12" and had been given a flat aged 17 and left alone with financial worries and was behind with her rent.

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She told the hearing: "I'm terribly disappointed in the system. I will leave no stone unturned to get justice for my daughter, Courtney."

The court heard a friend of the deceased, Rhys Barratt, had seen messages on her Snapchat saying that "she didn't want to be here anymore."

Dr Sohail Ahmed, Courtney's GP of Woodside Surgery, Halifax, said Courtney had been diagnosed with depression in January 2019 and had previously tried to take her own life.

Mr Longstaff said: "The court has heard something of the concerns that her mother has for Courtney's stay in foster care when she was a child.

"These are not concerns that I am in a position to investigate because in terms of the chronology of Courtney's life the issues referred to by Miss Reilly and Courtney, herself, predate March 2020 by some time.

"I think it's important to record that the act that Courtney took is different in nature from the previous incidents of self-harm, cutting herself, and the two occasions of an overdose in December 2019.

"In my mind, there are strong indicators that she intended the consequences. She was discovered alone in a flat and there was no third-party involvement.

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"It's also important that I refer to notes recovered from the scene.

"I can say this much that having read them they are indicative of upset on Courtney's part at the progress or lack of progress in a relationship and it makes for very moving reading."

His conclusion was that she took her own life.

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