Hazel Georgina Bradley was found hanged in her wardrobe dressed in her school uniform
A schoolgirl died when she sleepwalked into her bedroom wardrobe and accidentally hanged herself, an inquest heard.
Hazel Georgina Bradley, 13, had a history of sleepwalking and was scared of her wardrobe after watching the cartoon movie Monsters, Inc.
The talented musician hugged and kissed her mother goodnight before going to bed on May 23.
But her father found her body dressed in her school uniform and hanged in her wardrobe the following morning.
A coroner ruled her death was an accident after her parents told police they were certain she had been sleepwalking.
Her mother Rebecca, 43, said she had a ‘lovely chat’ with Hazel around 9.20pm on the night of May 23.
Mrs Bradley said Hazel had ‘issues with her wardrobe’ because of a ‘childhood obsession’ with the 2001 film Pixar Monsters, Inc in which characters emerge through closet doors to scare children.
Talented musician Hazel had gone to bed as normal but was found dead the next morning at her home in Caerphilly, South Wales
Georgina’s mother said she had hugged and kissed her daughter goodnight after a ‘lovely chat’ on May 23
At 6.45am Hazel’s father Graham, 44, found her hanged in her school uniform at their home in Caerphilly, south Wales.
The 13-year-old’s mother said in a statement: ‘She always had to have the wardrobe door shut.
‘Hazel had issues with wardrobes, so I am convinced she was sleepwalking. She had so much to live for.’
The 13-year-old’s parents are convinced her death was an accident because she ‘had issues with wardrobes’
IS IT POSSIBLE TO KILL YOURSELF WHILE SLEEPWALKING?
Cases of suicide while sleepwalking are scientifically referred to as being ‘parasomnia pseudo-suicide’ by some experts.
No figures exist to state how prevalent such suicides are. Most sleepwalking deaths are accidents, such as falling from windows.
The NHS defines sleepwalking as being when someone walks or carries out complex activities while not fully awake.
Figures estimate that one in five children will sleepwalk at least once growing up. It is much less common among adults.
The NHS urges families to keep areas of the home free of harmful objects that sleepwalkers could trip over. It also says children with the habit should not be allowed to sleep in a top bunk bed in case they fall out.
The most famous case of a sleepwalker reportedly taking their own life was Tobias Wong, a 35-year-old fashion designer from New York.
He reportedly hanged himself in the middle of the night in May 2010, while he was sleepwalking.
Mr Wong had a history of extreme episodes.
And an inquest in 2008 heard how 18-year-old Carissa Glenn, from Cornwall, may have hanged herself while sleepwalking during a nightmare.
The hearing at Gwent Coroner’s Office in Newport was told Hazel had a ‘vivid imagination’ and was an academically bright, talented musician who enjoyed swimming.
But she had a history of sleepwalking and company director father Graham had found her walking around their home in her sleep several times.
Shortly before her death, musician Mrs Bradley found Hazel sleepwalking in the kitchen dressed in her school uniform.
But she said Hazel did not have on her spectacles, which she put on when she got out of bed so she could see properly.
A post mortem examination confirmed the cause of death was hanging and evidence from police indicated that there were no signs of disturbance or of anything suspicious in their home.
Senior Gwent Coroner Wendy James said: ‘Hazel left no note nor had she communicated any such intention to her parents.
‘Hazel had a history of sleepwalking and based on the evidence I cannot be certain of her intentions, and I cannot rule out the possibility that death arose as a result of a tragic accident.’
Miss James gave a conclusion of accidental death.
After her death, friends and family raised more than £2,500 for a children’s charity.
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