Teen mum, 19, found dead 41 days after giving birth to second child in lockdown

A teenage mum took her own life just 41 days after the birth of her second child in lockdown.

An inquest heard that Rhianne Halton, 19, hanged herself following an argument with her partner at their home where she was living with her newborn son.

She left a heartbreaking note for her two young children, telling them "daddy will look after you".

The coroner was told Rhianne wasn't able to have any face-to-face meetings with midwives or health visitors after she gave birth in March 2020, owing to the coronavirus restrictions in place at the time.

However a review concluded that even if the restrictions had allowed them to meet, they would not have been able to prevent her death.

Stephen Covell, assistant coroner for Plymouth and south Devon, heard Rhianne had been abandoned by her parents as a young child.

From the age of six onwards, she was brought up her by her maternal grandparents.

The inquest heard Rhianne had a "difficult" relationship with her partner, who was the father of both her three-year-old son and the new baby boy.

The coroner was told her partner was "difficult and controlling" and he had abandoned Rhianne for nine months – during which time she had begun a relationship with a new partner.

That romance ended for an unknown reason and her partner eventually moved back to their home in Torquay, Devon.

The inquest heard the couple had frequent arguments, some of which concerned Rhianne contacting her ex over social media.

They had an argument one lunchtime last May, the coroner was told.

Half an hour later – after a series of alarming text messages – the male partner returned to home to find Rhianne hanged from a bannister.

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A Torbay maternity services investigation said there had been no concerns for Rhianne's physical or mental health after she she gave birth to her baby in March.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances in Rhianne's death.

Rhianne left a note behind for her children, saying she loved them and that "daddy will look after you".

In a text exchange with her partner before her death, Rhianne said she was "horrible, a liar and disgusting" – but that she "won't be here for you to hate me".

The coroner recorded a conclusion of suicide.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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