A young girl has tragically ‘killed herself’ by accident while she tried to scare her parents.
13-year-old Francesca Cushion, known as Frankie, was found unconscious in her bedroom by her father and was declared dead in the hospital shortly afterwards, Daily Mail reports.
A coroner ruled that Frankie – who may have suffered from autism – died as a result of a ‘tragic accident’ linked to her developmental disability.
She was posed with a dark cloth that showed she was trying to scare someone. Investigation shows she may have fallen over and hit her head on an object.
On the day of her death, her father Paul arrived at the family home in the suburb of Woolton around 5.30pm and found Frankie unconscious in her bedroom. He attempted to resuscitate her and she was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival.
Her mother, ms Nagel told the inquest that Frankie had struggled with her behaviour for two years, and was grounded the week before she died.
“I think she wanted to scare us and don’t feel she realised the consequences of what she did.
“She left her family and friends devastated and I don’t think she would have wanted to put us through any of this. We strongly believe it was an accident,” she added.