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Mother commits suicide after blaming herself for not rescuing her 8-year-old son from house fire

By Tanya Clark 8:02 AM November 19, 2017
Kelly Anna Carter

A mother in the United Kingdom was devastated when her only child died in a house fire.

35-year-old Kelly Anna Carter of Cheshire tried to rescue her 8-year-old son Lucas when the deadly fire broke out in her family house but the flames kept her from getting to him.

2 weeks after his death, Carter drank alcohol and then hanged herself in her boyfriend Andrew Hough’s home while he slept.

A Crewe court inquest heard that Carter and her son moved into a townhouse in Sandbach just 6 months before the deadly fire broke out.

Firefighters who arrived at the scene at about 7:00 p.m. found Carter outside the home with severe burns while her son Lucas was found upstairs in his bedroom.

Both were taken to Leighton Hospital in Crewe, where they were treated. Sadly, Lucas succumbed to his injuries the next morning.

Carter was treated for her burns and was placed on suicide watch when she expressed that she wanted to die after learning of her son’s death.

She saw a psychiatrist and was released several days later after she told Dr. Sumit Sehgal that she was ready to rebuild her life.

Dr. Sehgal told the inquest that Carter said that she had been thinking about the situation and that she was ready to rebuild her life. She expressed that she wanted to leave the hospital to go home to grieve with her family and start making arrangements for her son’s funeral.

Her best friend Sarah Blakey told the Crewe inquest that Carter said that she felt guilty for not saving her son from the house fire and that she felt responsible for his death.

Blakey added that Carter told her she did not want to be here without Lucas, but she did not appear to be suicidal.

“She could not forgive herself and she did not want to be here without him, he was her world, he was her greatest achievement,” Blakey added.