A devastated mum who found her daughter had hanged herself after she came home with a McDonald's treat for her says she has "lost the most precious thing in my life".
Alison Jones jokingly shouted "waitress service" as she entered daughter Chantelle Jones’s bedroom in Wrexham, and made the awful discovery last October, an inquest heard on Friday, August 6.
Heartbreakingly, Mrs Jones insists her little girl hadn’t meant to die and the incident had instead been a “cry for help”, The Mirror reports.
Alex Jones, her dad, also thought the tragic incident was meant to be a cry for help.
Chantelle was an only child and loved going to school and her language lessons. She wanted to join the army and become a nurse, and joined the army cadets, Mrs Jones said.
"I know I will never get the answers I want as to why I lost the most precious thing in my life," she said.
"She was just a teenager getting on with her life and doing what all teenagers do," Mrs Jones said in a statement read at the Ruthin hearing.
"We had a close relationship and she knew she could come to me and dad and talk about anything."
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Mrs Jones said she still had a text message on her phone from her daughter, received as she waited for takeaway food, saying a curtain pole had come down.
John Gittins, senior coroner for North Wales East and Central, recorded a conclusion of misadventure.
Mr Gittins said: "We have a deliberate act with unforeseen consequences arising from it."
He told Chantelle’s parents: "I just wish I knew what she had in her mind so you could have proper closure.
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"It doesn’t seem enough to offer my condolences."
He said: "Everyone involved in this did all they possibly could. It’s very, very sad."
Mr Gittins told the parents: "She had a lot going for her, a family who loved her, and had all the support in the world from you in relation to that."
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Tributes poured in for the teenager following her death, with hundreds also attending a balloon memorial to the Army Cadet.
In a statement, her school said: "Chantelle had such a lovely way of showing she cared, and this was evident to all, but especially those in her close friendship group.
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"She had both spirit and character, and we all recognised her wonderful potential. No family or community should ever have to experience a loss of this kind.
"School does not feel right without Chantelle. We will all miss her."
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