Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Hanging of girl, 8, may have been an accident

An eight-year-old girl found hanged in her bedroom had severe learning difficulties, neighbours have said.

The youngster, named locally as Charlotte Moody, was found at her home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on Saturday morning.

Sources close to the investigation said the girl's death appears to have been a tragic accident. Her parents Simon and Susan Moody, who are in their early 30s, were not at their run-down Edwardian terrace home yesterday.

They have since been interviewed by detectives under caution, police said, and a five-year-old boy living at the address has been taken into local authority care.

According to neighbours Charlotte — who it is understood was known to social services — suffered from severe learning difficulties.

One 21-year-old student, who did not want to be named, said: “I was asleep when I heard her mother screaming. There were a few police cars, a couple of ambulances and a doctor.

“The mum was screaming and crying her lungs out. Her dad's eyes were all watery like he was trying to keep his emotions in.”

Charlotte was found by her parents at their home in Moor Street at about 9.15am on Saturday.

Yesterday, a bunch of flowers and a card were left at the door to the house. The blinds were drawn across the window.

A teddy bear was left at the family's front door.

Next to it was a handwritten note which simply read: “I will miss you.”

They had been left by Katherine Salmon and her 15-year-old daughter Katie.

Miss Salmon (34) said: “I used to say hello to the little girl. She was a chirpy little thing.

“From what I have heard it was an accident.”

A post-mortem examination carried out at Leicester Royal Infirmary on Saturday confirmed the cause of the girl's death as hanging.

Specialist police officers are now working with social services at Nottinghamshire County Council to find out how the tragedy happened.

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