Popular teenager Jade Elizabeth Mitchell, 18, passed away at her mother’s home in Holyhead, Wales, in 2020 after a battle with substance abuse and mental health issues
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A teenager found dead by her devastated mother lost her life after taking a “cocktail of alcohol and illicit drugs “, an inquest into her death found.
Jade Elizabeth Mitchell, 18, died at her parent’s home after being found unresponsive on the sofa.
Her mum Jane Mitchell discovered her daughter in the early morning on June 19, 2020 in Holyhead, Wales, report NorthWalesLive.
In a statement, read out during the inquest hearing, heartbroken Mrs Mitchell said that in the weeks prior to her death Jade had been under the care of the mental health team.
She had tried to take her own life on numerous occasions, the hearing was told.
Mrs Mitchell added that her daughter had been officially diagnosed with OCD, PTSD, social anxiety and ADHD and was “being bullied online and in person” in the lead up to her death.
She had been staying with her mum and a friend during lockdown, the hearing heard.
At 6am in the morning, she was found in the living room before the emergency services were called.
Tributes flooded in for the popular teen when news of her death broke.
Her friends took to her Facebook page to share memories of the teen, who was originally from Fleetwood in Lancashire.
One wrote “You will never be forgotten, I will miss you lots,” while another said that Jade’s untimely death left them feeling “empty inside”.
Jade’s aunt Sheryl Jones described her as a “beautiful niece” as she launched an online appeal to raise funds for her funeral in 2020.
Mrs Mitchell said: “I know she had a problem with substance misuse and alcohol – she would drink 12 cans a day.”
In her statement, Mrs Mitchell also said her daughter had self-harmed in May 2020.
“She was taken to Hergest -the mental health unit at Bangor’s Ysbyty Gwynedd – by ambulance but they wouldn’t take her, she was crying out for help,” the statement added.
“I know she was being bullied online and in person, they would say nasty things about her and her looks.
“A doctor had told her she needed to stop drinking because she had the liver of a 60-year-old.
“The day before she died we had been in all day and had a few cans. I went to bed at 9pm and Jade got in and snuggled next to me.
“The next morning she had moved, I saw she was on the sofa with Tom, he was on top of Jade and her hands were open and blue.
“They were both slouched over, she was slouched and he was slouched over her.
“I knew something was wrong, I woke Tom up and grabbed Jade’s legs and pulled them onto the sofa and started CPR.
“She was so still, her face and lips were blue. I don’t think this was an attempt by jade to harm herself, I think it was just an accident.”
North Wales Police and the Welsh Ambulance Service were called to the address but sadly Jade could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A postmortem carried out by Dr Brian Roberts showed that Jade had “potentially fatal levels” of methadone in her system along with 79mg of alcohol and traces of diazepam.
Dr Roberts’ report also confirmed that cocaine had been detected in her blood along with its metabolite benzoylecgonine which is “consistent with recent cocaine abuse” and had been taken “at the same time as the alcohol”.
Assistant coroner for North West Wales, Sarah Riley, concluded that Jade died as a result of respiratory depression due to methadone, diazepam and alcohol toxicity.
Ms Riley said: “Jade Mitchel had a history of mental health problems and substance misuse.
“At 6:35am on June 19, 2020, she was found deceased on the sofa at her mother’s address having consumed a cocktail of alcohol and illicit drugs.
“Her death was both drug and alcohol-related and will be recorded as respiratory depression due to methadone, alcohol and diazepam toxicity.”
Five months after Jade’s tragic death her biological father, David Jones, died after a sustained beating to his head in an attack at the home of his ex-partner and Jade’s mother Mrs Mitchell.
Gareth Wyn Jones, 48, was jailed for the attack, which the court hearing in 2020 heard had come about after Mr Jones and Mrs Mitchell got into an argument over Jade’s death.
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