Tragic girl ‘sent text to her mother’

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A TRAGIC school­girl texted her mother to say “I love you but so sorry” on the day of her death, an in­quest heard.

The body of Ur­sula Keogh, 11, who had a his­tory of self-harm, was found in a river un­der North Bridge in Hal­i­fax, West York­shire, on Jan­uary 22, Brad­ford Coroner’s Court heard.

Ur­sula had been re­ported miss­ing by her mother Ni­cola Har­low, an ac­claimed nov­el­ist, af­ter re­ceiv­ing the text mes­sage, the court was told.

Her death was de­ter­mined later that day and iden­ti­fied by mother Ni­cola.

Coroners’ of­fi­cial Bernard Tate said: “Ur­sula Keogh lived with her mother and had a his­tory of self­harm.

“Her mother con­tacted the po­lice to raise con­cerns for her daugh­ter and said she had re­ceived a text mes­sage from her which said, ‘I love you but so sorry’.”

Ur­sula’s mother did not at­tend the hear­ing and no cause of death for the young­ster was given.

As­sis­tant coroner David Ur­peth said: “This is an ut­terly tragic case.”

He ad­journed the in­quest un­til April 10.

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