Four-year-old UK girl inadvertently hangs in a tree by herself
Just days after becoming a sister to twins, a 4-year-old UK girl fatally hanged herself in a tree-and her mom has now spoken about her hellstorm of grief following the tragedy.
South West News Service confirmed that Freya Thorpe was wearing a bicycle helmet when she climbed a tree near her home in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, in September 2019.
She slipped and fell, however, despite emergency responders' efforts, her helmet strap stuck on the tree and she died.
Freya's mother Elise said, "I am a broken person, caught in a hellstorm of grief, The Sun reported."
We live in hell, torment, sheer shock and sorrow every day and night that cannot be understood," she said."
The distraught mother told SWNS that after the long awaited arrival and difficult pregnancy of twins Kiera and Zack, she and her husband "were on cloud nine," and added that if she had not given birth 10 days earlier, she would have taken her own life.
"A brother and sister who had been waiting so patiently for Freya to become a big sister for nine long and difficult months," she told the outlet.
"Daddy had to leave early in the afternoon to collect special milk from Boots Pharmacy in Cowley for the twins because they were allergic to cow's milk," said Elise.
Freya was invited to a play date at a "10-second" house walk away on a cul-de-sac where parents "let their kids out to play confidently," the mother said.
But Freya went outside on the fateful day without her mother noticing.
I had a gut feeling that I wanted her home. "Shortly after, at the end of the road, I saw an ambulance—I panicked, not knowing why I was panicking at the time," Elise told SWNS.
"I called my husband to tell him that I was going to get her back from behind the house. He said, 'No, I'm five minutes away and I'm staying with the kids,' she said.
I have seen his car go past and not come back from the little cul-de-sac. I felt there was something wrong," she said.
She caught the twins when she saw her husband with a firefighter and ran to a cordoned area where she saw first responders urgently working on Freya.
She and her husband were told their daughter could not be saved after staying at John Radcliffe Hospital for two days.
Never again did I step foot inside my house. This is something I have neglected and missed to this day as well—my home,' said Elise.
Had I not given birth just 10 days before that night, without a shadow of a doubt, we would have taken our lives in the hospital," she said."
Over the last 18 months, we have had so much support and we can't tell you all how much it has helped us through and I can never thank everyone enough for the support, kind words and donations, even from those we've never met," continued the mother."
But we also encountered scrutiny and harassment by people who demanded, "Where were the parents?" How were they willing to let her out alone? ', she said.
"It caused family rifts from relatives and judgment, all because when this happened, people did not know Freya was not in our care."