A devoted mum-of-four took her own life after being terrified she would lose her children in a divorce battle, an inquest heard.
Kelly Higgins, 31, told her step dad that her life 'would not be worth living' if she didn't have her kids after her marriage broke down.
And she was struggling when her husband’s mum looked after the children after Christmas last year, Hull Coroner's Court was told.
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Kelly began suffering from depression and anxiety after her first child with then-boyfriend William Higgins died, Hull Live reports.
An inquest into her death heard that her marriage to William, who she met as a teenager, had broken down and she'd started a new relationship with a woman at work.
Her heartbroken partner and relatives found her dead on December 29 last year after they broke into her home in Bridlington, East Yorks., when they grew concerned as they hadn't heard from her.
When paramedics arrived, it was clear Kelly had been dead for some time, the inquest heard.
Her step-dad told the inquest that he and Kelly’s mum went round to see her on Christmas Day last year to give the children presents.
He said: “She told me if she could not have the kids her life would not be worth living."
She met William when they were 18 and had their first child in 2010, who sadly died after being born prematurely.
They went on to have two more children before getting married in 2017 and another two afterwards.
The couple broke up just weeks before she died after she had an affair with a woman from work.
William moved out to live with his mum and was seeking custody of their children, the inquest heard.
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Kelly had written two heartbreaking suicide notes. The first read: “I’m sorry. I do not see any way out. I am tired of fighting. I can’t cope and it hurts too much.”
In a note to her partner she said: “I am sorry for everything. Thank you for everything, you are amazing and I am not sorry for loving you. Please do one more thing and make sure my kids know how much I love them. I’m sorry for letting you down.”
Area coroner Lorraine Harris concluded Kelly’s death was suicide.
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