Three-year-old girl survives alone on bread and butter for four days after mother commits suicide
28-year-old Aimee Louise Evans was found dead at her residence on April 7, with her three-year-old daughter having survived by scrounging on bread and butter
A three-year-old was found four days after her mother killed herself, with authorities speculating that the toddler had survived by munching on loaves of bread and butter. Aimee Louise Evans, 28, from Port Talbot, South Wales, was found dead at her residence on April 7 this year, by police who discovered her hanging in a bedroom. Evans had another child, a son, who was staying with his natural father at the time of her suicide.
According to the Daily Mail, PC Clive Morris of South Wales Police told an inquest into the death at the Swansea Civic Centre, that they found Evans' three-year-old daughter at the house looking "unkempt". "I became increasingly aware of the three-year-old's well-being — the child had been there for three to four days and she was unkempt," he said. "She was taken to the hospital to be checked by a pediatrician."
Morris said he believed that the child survived by eating bread and butter, revealing that the 28-year-old was last seen alive by her mother, Julie Evans, on April 3 when she went to visit the house. The next day, Evans reportedly sent a text asking her mother to pick up her daughter because she was "ending it".
When Julie replied saying "do not be daft" and asked her daughter what the matter was, she received no response, and all further attempts to establish contact with Evans failed. The deceased mother was said to have been drinking and checking the Facebook profile of a man she had an on-off relationship with during Julie's visit.
Authorities have ruled out foul play in Evans' death and the 28-year-old was known to have suffered from a history of mental health problems. The inquest was informed that she drank most evenings and had been subjected to domestic violence in previous relationships.
Senior Coroner Colin Phillips disclosed that the post-mortem examination report found the cause of death to be hanging. The toxicology report showed a level of 137 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood — the drink-drive limit in the UK is 80 mg per 100 ml — with a more accurate sample finding she had 216 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Her death was subsequently ruled as a suicide.
"Her mum said Aimee was a happy, outgoing individual that showed no signs of depression," Morris said. "She said her children were always well cared for - that they were always clean, tidy, and well looked after. This is one of the hardest cases I have dealt with."
Charlene Coulter, a friend of Evans, similarly said, "Aimee was a fun-loving girl who had the biggest heart - she would go out of her way to help anyone and often wore her heart on her sleeve. She always made time for her close friends and loved nothing more than having a get-together."
"Aimee's passing left a massive gap in our lives — she had so much to live for," Coulter continued. "I really wish she would have picked up the phone and confided in one of her friends as we would have been there in a second. Aimee will never be forgotten by any of us - we love and miss her dearly."