Girl, 15, dies after taking MDMA ‘s**tbombs’ she bought with friend for just £10

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A 15-year-old girl died after taking to MDMA "s**tbombs", with the heartbroken mum paying tribute to her "beautiful" girl.

Leah Heyes, 15, also known as Leah Elwin, collapsed in a car park in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, last May.

She had taken two MDMA “bombs”, each one enough to kill her.

Leah suffered a “rapid cardiac arrest” and was unresponsive after being taken to James Cook University Hospital, an inquest at County Hall heard.

A postmortem found there were “acute changes to the heart muscle cells” and evidence of previous cocaine use, The Yorkshire Post reports.

Det Sgt Chris Parker said a group of 30 teens had decided to dabble in drugs on May 11 last year.

Leah and a pal wanted to try ecstasy and a £10 dose of the drug was purchased that day for the pair.

Det Sgt Parker described the MDMA "s**tbombs”, a crystal form of the drug, The Sun reports.

Leah took one "bomb" – a wrap containing the MDMA – earlier on Saturday and the next during the evening.

At 9pm, Leah’s mum Kerry Roberts got a phone call from one of her friends.

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PC Jack Dodsworth, who was first to arrive at the Applegarth car park, said: "She was very intoxicated. She was falling over.

"She was slurring her words and not making much sense.

"Her friend contacted her mum and handed me the phone. By this time Leah had fallen over again."

Shortly afterwards, the teenager lapsed into unconsciousness and suffered a seizure.

The officer added: ”Her breathing was shallow and I heard a rattling noise."

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An ambulance crew was called and gave Leah emergency treatment, including an adrenaline shot to kick start her heart.

But she never regained consciousness and died at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough that night with her family at her bedside.

A toxicology report recorded the fatal dose of MDMA.

Two young men have been arrested and convicted of supplying the Class A drug and are due to sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on Monday, November 16.

Leah was born Leah Elwin in 2003, but preferred to be known as Leah Hayes.

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At the time of the incident, Kerry was pregnant and only child Leah was looking forward to having a little sister, the hearing was told.

Kerry called Leah a "joker" who loved ballet, street dancing and animals.

She said her daughter was a typical teenager who had experimented with alcohol and on one occasion "come home obviously stoned" after trying "weed".

Speaking for the first time about her ordeal, Kerry told the coroner: "I feel as numb and hurt as the day she was taken.

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"I struggle daily knowing I will not see her grow up. Nothing will take away the pain. My beautiful girl has gone.

"I just hope young people and families will learn from what happened.

"Stop taking drugs. No parent should have to go through this."

The warning was echoed by Coroner Jonathan Leach as he recorded a narrative verdict that Leah had died from illegal drug use.

He added: "The police and I send out the message that taking illegal drugs is a very risky business, as shown by Leah's death."

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