Charlotte Bevan, the young mum who vanished from Bristol Maternity Hospital with her newborn daughter and whose body was discovered near the Clifton Suspension Bridge, had been terrified that her mental health problems would mean her daughter would be taken away.
The young mum, who had been referred to social workers during her pregnancy, had been taking presciption drugs in an effort to deal with her mental health issues; however, Charlotte wanted to be able to breastfeed her daughter and had come off the medication.
There are concerns that coming off the drugs may have exacerbated her condition and a source told The Sun newspaper of Charlotte’s fears:
“Charlotte was closely monitored throughout her pregnancy and had three referrals from midwives throughout her pregnancy. But she was clearly distraught by the time she left the hospital.”
Charlotte walked out of Bristol Maternity Hospital, with no coat and just slippers on her feet. Her baby, Zaani, was wrapped in just a blanket. 24 hours later, on Wednesday evening, her body was found in the Avon Gorge. The body of her baby was found the following day by a walker.
Yesterday afternoon, Charlotte’s mother, Rachel Fortune, released a statement; she said: “My beautiful daughter and grand-daughter are now at peace. The family would like to thank all the friends of Pascal, Charlotte and Zaani, some of whom we have only met today.
“We would also like to say thank you for all the messages from everyone. We wish to thank all the hospital staff at St Michael’s and the mental healthcare team, past and present. The response and support from the public has been overwhelming and we would like to thank you all.
“We would also like to give our thanks to Avon and Somerset police and the volunteers from Avon Search and Rescue. We thank the press for their help and ask that we now be left in peace to grieve.”
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