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Teenage mother, 19, hanged herself just 41 days after the birth of her second child, inquest hears

A teenage mother hanged herself just 41 days after the birth of her second child following an argument with her 'controlling' boyfriend, an inquest heard. 

Rhianne Halton, 19, from Torquay, Devon, had a ‘difficult’ relationship with her partner who was the father of her three-year-old son and newborn boy, the coroner was told in a statement from her grandparents.

During lockdown in May last year, Rhianne was not able to have face-to-face meetings with midwives and health visitors after she gave birth, the Plymouth inquest heard.

A review concluded they would not have been able to prevent her death.

Rhianne Halton (pictured above) , 19, and her partner had an argument one lunchtime in May 2020 and half an hour later - after a series of text messages - he returned to their home in Torquay, Devon, and found her dead, an inquest heard 

The assistant coroner for Plymouth and south Devon, Stephen Covell, was told that Rhianne had been abandoned by her parents and brought up by her maternal grandparents from the age of six. 

A statement from her grandparents, Graham and Barbara Whittle, claimed her partner was ‘difficult and controlling’ and left Rhianne for nine months, during which time she began a relationship with a new partner.

But that romance ended for an unknown reason and her partner moved back to their home.

It was said there were frequent arguments and some of those were over Rhianne contacting her ex-partner over social media.

Rhianne and her partner had an argument one lunchtime in May 2020 and half an hour later - after a series of text messages - he returned to their home and found her dead, the hearing was told.

In the text exchange, Rhianne wrote that she was ‘horrible, a liar and disgusting’, but that she ‘won't be here for you to hate me’. 

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances in Rhianne’s death. She left a suicide note saying she loved her babies, adding that ‘daddy will look after you’ (pictured: file photo of Plymouth Coroner's Court) 

A Torbay maternity services investigation said there had been no concerns for Rhianne’s physical or mental health after she gave birth to her second son in March last year, despite face-to-face contact being restricted by Covid.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances in Rhianne’s death. She left a suicide note saying she loved her babies, adding that ‘daddy will look after you’. 

The coroner recorded a conclusion of suicide.

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