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13-year-old girl hangs herself after writing ‘I hate my brother’ on her arm

By Mason White 9:49 AM May 14, 2017
Bethany Fitton
Bethany Fitton
By: Alexis Bell

A young girl was found hanging in her bedroom after having a fight with her older brother, according to police in the United Kingdom.

West Yorks police said that 13-year-old Bethany Fitton, was found hanging in her bedroom by her 18-year-old brother Ben, following an argument earlier that day.

A court heard that Bethany and Ben fought early in the morning after she failed to wake him up for work. Bethany went to school, where she wrote “I hate my brother” on her arm.

In the afternoon, Bethany came home from school and took some food into her bedroom. In the evening, when Ben came home, his mother Estelle gave him a basket of laundry to place in the washer.

Ben went into his sister’s room, and was shocked to find her unconscious and hanging. Ben performed CPR until paramedics arrived at the scene.

Doctors then noticed that the girl wrote “I hate my brother” on her arm. Bethany was taken to the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax, and then to the Leeds General Infirmary, where she died.

An autopsy revealed that the girl died of a heart attack as a result of lack of oxygen caused by the hanging. Ben told investigators that he often fought with his sister, but they were just like any other siblings.

Assistant Coroner Peter Merchant told the court that he cannot say that Bethany intended to take her own life.