An inquest heard how Carol Barnett, 51, took her own life by walking into a river just hours after a meeting with social services
A mum struggling to cope with her severely autistic daughter drowned herself the day after social services told her they would not give her child residential care.
An inquest heard how Carol Barnett, 51, took her own life by walking into a river just hours after a meeting with social services.
Just minutes earlier she phoned her husband Daniel Barnett, 51, and told him that she could not cope.
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Her daughter Deborah, 10, who was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old, cannot talk, is incontinent, cannot wash or dress herself and requires 24 hour care.
The hearing was told that social services had continually refused to send her to a residential school which would provide the constant care she needs.
Speaking after the inquest Mr Barnett, 51, said he believed the meeting with social services the night before she took her own life pushed his wife over the edge.
He said: “Carol kept asking about residential options but the social worker kept saying no. The next morning she took her own life.
“I can’t believe for one second that what happened in that meeting did not have any effect on her.
“I’m not saying it’s all social services’ fault, because it’s not, but I feel it really was the last nail in her coffin.