13-year-old schoolgirl who was found hanged was laughed at by mother for 'wanting to be her little girl again'

Amber Peat, 13, was found dead three days after she went missing following a heated argument with her mother Kelly and step-father Danny Peat over chores

13-year-old schoolgirl who was found hanged was laughed at by mother for 'wanting to be her little girl again'
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An inquest heard Friday that a 13-year-old girl who was found hanged was laughed at by her own mother when she wrote her a letter saying she "just wanted to be her little girl again".

After a heated argument with her parents over chores, Amber Peat, 13, ran away from the family's Mansfield residence in Nottinghamshire and was found hanged just three days later, The Sun reports.

On June 2, 2015, Amber Peat (pictured) was found dead in bushes three days after running away from home following an argument over chores (Facebook)
On June 2, 2015, Amber Peat (pictured) was found dead in bushes three days after running away from home following an argument over chores (Facebook)
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During a meeting with a youth worker in April 2014, Amber had written a note to her mother reading, "Dear mum, I just want to be your little girl again." However, Kelly Peat laughed at her daughter upon reading it, leaving Amber's youth worker Sorele Swallow "disappointed", the inquest heard.

"What goes on in this house, stays in this house," Kelly warned her teenage daughter, instructing her not to talk about her home life outside, Swallow said. The schoolgirl had been too scared to go home, she added.

Amber was once found by her teacher Joanne Holland sitting in the library after school. "She was worried about going home because she had lost the belt off her coat," Holland told the Nottinghamshire Coroner's Court. "She basically said she was scared she was going to get told off. I had to phone home and tell mum, 'It really is fine, we will find it'."



 

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According to court documents, Amber was forced to "wash every pot in the house" and was banned from celebrating her birthday due to "bad behavior." Before she went missing on May 30, 2015, Amber had been living with her mum Kelly and stepfather Daniel Peat.

The court learned of the dysfunctional home-life Amber was subjected to after it was revealed that her mum had suffered from depression and her dad had taken an overdose of his medication in February 2014.

The teen had just returned from a family holiday in Cornwall and argued with her stepdad on the day of her disappearance. DC Tina Detective constable Tina Gilfoyle told the hearing that there had been “lots of arguments” during the trip and that Amber had been banned from going to the beach. The inquest also heard that Peat had threatened to hit his stepdaughter on the way home after she allegedly "scowled" at him.

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According to the officer, Amber had compiled a "runaway list" which included a torch and a wig. When she showed it to her cousin, she “thought it was a joke”.

While the youngster had a history of running away from home, her mother Kelly reported her daughter missing just before 1 am on May 31. Her lifeless body was recovered on June 2, 2015, and after a massive search operation including 400 police staff.

The inquest continues.

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