A 13-year-old girl unintentionally killed herself during an attempt to scare her parents after they grounded her.
Francesca Cushion, nicknamed Frankie, was found unconscious in her bedroom after she was grounded for staying out late one night. Later on, she was declared dead at a hospital.
Anita Bhardwaj, the coroner, ruled Cushion's death to be an accident. She concludes that the teen's death was likely to be part of a developmental disability.
Prior to her death, Cushion was waiting for the results of an assessment from mental health specialists. She had previously been seeing a pediatrician, who had referred her to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services because of concerns that she may have been suffering from Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
The pediatrician informed the inquest that he did not believe Cushion required urgent help, nor intended to hurt herself. The girl's mother, Colleen Nagel, agrees, saying that they
Nagel revealed that Cushion previously tried to scare her family by threatening to run away.
On the day of her death, her father Paul walked into the family home in Woolton at around 5:30pm and found Frankie unconscious in her bedroom. After his attempts to resuscitate her, she was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital - and pronounced dead soon after her arrival.
Frankie's former dance teacher described her as an extremely