A schoolgirl was found hanged at her home with “I hate my brother” written on her arm after the pair argued because she didn’t wake him for work, an inquest heard. Bethany Fitton, from Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, was found by her 18-year-old brother Ben who desperately tried to save her before she died in hospital.
The inquest was told that the pair had an argument in June last year after Ben slept in for work and Bethany failed to wake him. At school that day she doodled on her left arm in ink “I hate my brother”. The inquest heard that when Ben returned home at about 7.30pm, he was given a basket of laundry to take upstairs by his mum.
The teenager had to go through Bethany’s bedroom to get to the staircase which leads to his room and found his sister hanging. Ben began giving her CPR while paramedics rushed to the scene and Bethany was taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital, in Halifax, before being transferred to Leeds General Infirmary. Despite desperate attempts to save her life, Bethany’s brain had been starved of oxygen and she died three days later on June 25.