Much-loved Walsall mother who ran popular blog died at home
A much-loved mother who ran a popular community blog was found dead at home by her son after she suffered a fall, an inquest heard.
Sam Perry saw the body of his mother Jane Hatfield, aged 47, through a window at the back of their Walsall Wood home.
He had returned from staying at his girlfriend’s the night before but could not get through the front door on November 4, Black Country Coroner’s Court was told.
Mr Perry climbed over a wall outside before seeing his mother on the ground.
He called 999 and alerted neighbours before paramedics arrived at the scene and pronounced her dead.
Assistant coroner Laura Nash concluded that her death was ‘accidental’.
The inquest heard she died as a result of a massive haemorrhage following a fractured skull and a fall from height. Alcohol intoxication was also a factor, the court was told.
But it is not believed Ms Hatfield fell down the stairs due to her body position and the arrangement of objects nearby, the court heard.
Coroner’s officer Stephen Binsley told the court: “Mr Perry was unable to get into the front door and found his mom lying at the bottom of the stairs.
“Ambulance crews stated they found water on the floor nearby.”
Ms Nash added: “She sadly passed away at her home. On the balance of conclusion this is an accidental death.”
She ran the Walsall Wood Community Facebook page ‘We Are The Wood, Up Road, Round Bend, Past n Present’, which had more than 2,000 subscribers.
She also published a weekly video called GogglyFaceBox with her friend Russell Smith.
Ms Hatfield was described as "such an inspirational person to all in and out of Walsall Wood" by family friend Jack Elliott, who set up a fundraising page to help her family pay for the funeral.”
“Her death has come as a shock and was unexpected,” he wrote.
“We are raising this money to help her son Sam towards the funeral so he is not alone. It’s a heartbreaking situation as Jane’s son is now on his own.”
A total of £2,845 was raised.
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