Mum-of-two, 33, jumps to death from window after young daughters taken into care

A mum-of-two whose children were taken into care took her own life by jumping from a four-storey building in Hull.

Petra Svihlikova, 33, died at the Merchants Warehouse apartments in the centre of the city on the morning of July 21, 2018.

An elderly neighbour found her body lying face down in shrubs while watering plants, an inquest heard.

Ambulance crews attended the scene and immediately and suspected that Ms Svihlikova had fallen to her death from the window of her home, Hull Live reported .

Ms Svihlikova had been suffering from severe depression and alcohol misuse after her two daughters were taken into care by social services in 2017.

She was originally born in Czech Republic but moved to the UK in 2012.

It was revealed Ms Svihlikova and her former partner, Rafal Grabowski, were arrested after neighbours told police one of their children was seen on the outside of a window at her apartment.

In a statement read to Hull Coroner’s Court, Mr Grabowski said: “Petra struggled to go out on her own as she thought people were staring at her because she lost her children.

“There were several court hearings regarding our children and these hearings were detrimental to her depression.”

In one incident, she had to be prevented from taking her anti-depressants in one go, and later sought help from professionals.

Ms Svihlikova told depression and anxiety services Let’s Talk that she had suicidal thoughts nearly every day but denied planning to take her own life.

She was last seen by the services on July 5 and a follow-up appointment was scheduled to take place two days after her death.

Mr Grabowski said he prevented her from jumping form the flat on three occasions.

He said that she had self-harmed on multiple occasions and noticed superficial cuts to her left wrist the night before she died.

He said: “I fell asleep and forgot to set my alarm for work and left the house without seeing Petra.

“When I finished work at 8.45 I saw police vehicles at the property. It was obvious they were there for Petra.”

A toxicology report found 351mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in her system.

Area coroner Rosemary Baxter recorded Ms Svihlikova’s death as suicide.

She said: “[Ms Svihlikova] had been suffering from depression and anxiety prior to her death and this had been exacerbated by her children being taken into care, and that she had made several attempts to jump from the window prior to her death which I find pre-planned.

“Her personal problems sadly overcame her in the end. I therefore record suicide into the death of Petra Svihlikova.”

If you would like confidential support on an emotional issue, call Samaritans on 116 123 at any time.

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