A mother today told an inquest about the horrific moment she found her 13-year-old daughter hanged in the bedroom of their Wolverhampton home.
Chelsea Clark was described as a ‘perfect’ daughter by her mother Margaret. But the inquest at Smethwick today heard that Chelsea, who was a pupil at Wolverhampton Girls’ High, grew moody and miserable as she got older.
The hearing was told that Chelsea’s parents had split up some years before she was found hanged on June 29, 2011.
Her mother Margaret said that Chelsea’s father was financially very supportive and regularly visited the family home in Finchfield Lane, Finchfield.
But she said he was not ‘hands on’ in the upbringing of the children.
Twice-married mother-of-nine Mrs Clark said that she felt she had to be the one telling them what they could and couldn’t do.
“That was me. I was the baddie,” she said.
“She was resentful and angry towards me. It began to build up. I suppose she hated me.
“We all tried to talk to her about it but towards the end it was like talking to a stone wall.”
Mrs Clark told how she went out for a walk with another of her children leaving Chelsea in the house after her daughter had assured her she would be alright.
She said: “She knew we were going up to Bantock Park and that she had 40 minutes.”
When she returned her husband was in the house but had not had any reason to go up to check Chelsea’s bedroom, the inquest was told.
Mrs Clark continued: “I went up but the door to her bedroom would not open. I just thought it was a bit of carpet track that had got trapped. I put my shoulder to it and the door bowed, I could see that Chelsea was not at her desk or on her bed. I knew she was behind the door.
“I called for my husband to come up. He put a lot more force behind the door and kicked it in. We both fell in at the same time.
“She was hanging behind the door from the fitted wardrobe.”
The inquest heard that Chelsea had left a suicide note but had been logged as being quite happy at school immediately prior to her death. The inquest continues.