Mom treats son to McDonald's before taking both their lives

2019-06-26 18:00
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She left a note in her car, stating she wanted to end her life and would take her 5-year-old son with her.

Emma Sillent (41) wrote that she couldn't bear to leave little Jenson Spellman behind.

So she bought him a McDonald's Happy Meal, filled his backpack with stones and tied their hands together before jumping into a lake.

It's an unnerving story.

According to The Metro, Emma not only apologised for what she was about to do in letters addressed to family members, she also wrote that she'd "leave a marker" to help police locate their bodies, an inquest heard.

Two days after they'd gone missing, police found Emma and Jenson's bodies at the water's edge of Valehouse Reservoir in the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire, England. They also came across a cuddly toy and a torch.

Emma, a social worker, had been struggling with depression for years and suffered three miscarriages before her death in November last year, a hearing was told.

Her relationship with Jenson's father, John Spellman, is believed to have been "the major issue in her life" that triggered the suicide, a police officer said.

Detective Constable Rebecca Fearon explained during the investigation that John had called the emergency services after Emma and Jenson failed to return home, Birmingham Mail writes.

John said she'd been "very low" in the days leading up to the tragedy and had spoken about "ending it all". But she'd never mentioned hurting their son.

Her black Peugeot 308 was found less than 4km from the family's home, adds The Sun.

Cops found Jenson facing his mom and "tied to her by his wrist".

"It's clear Emma struggled with life and all the evidence points to depression being a long-term and recurring issue, but there was nothing out of the ordinary that could be seen as a trigger," Fearon said.

"The breakdown of her relationship appears to have been the most significant issue in her life."

SOURCES: Birmingham Mail, The Sun, The Metro

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