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24-year-old woman jumps to her death with 5-year-old boy on her back

By Mason White 9:48 AM September 16, 2014

By: Hydar Tomar
A young mother jumped to her death while her 5-year-old son was on her back, a court in the United Kingdom heard.

24-year-old Katherine Hooper and 5-year-old Joshua Patterson, died after falling 80 feet in Haytor.

Katherine Hooper’s younger child, 2-year-old Samuel Hooper, was later found dead by police in her home in Paignton. A coroner testified that Katherine Hooper took her own life while Joshua Patterson, was unlawfully killed.

The coroner was unable to rule on Samuel Hooper’s death.

The children’s father, Neil Patterson, who was separated from Katherine Hooper, said that he believed Samuel Patterson was drowned in a bathtub.

Neil Patterson had been accused of attacking Katherine Hooper, but those charges were dropped after she committed suicide.

The family was known to social services before Katherine Hooper committed suicide.