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Ringwood woman Christine Baynham took her own life after struggling with death of her son

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A RINGWOOD woman who suffered from anxiety and depression following the sudden death of her son took her own life, an inquest heard.

Christine Baynham (69), of Eastfield Court, was found by her husband Robert on 3rd August last year after returning from walking their dog.

Winchester Coroners’ Court heard how the couple, who had been married for 39 years, lost their youngest son Chris six years ago.

The hearing was held at Winchester Coroners' Court
The hearing was held at Winchester Coroners' Court

A statement from Robert read to the court said Christine, who was known as Judy, had taken the death very badly.

She had been sectioned following a previous suicide attempt and was taking prescribed anti-depressants for anxiety and depression.

In addition to her grief, she was also worried about how she would cope if Robert died before her, the inquest heard.

On the evening of her death, the pair had watched television and, although subdued, Christine had given her husband no cause for concern.

He said he took their dog for a short walk and returned at around 7.30pm.

Upon finding her body, he attempted CPR and called for an ambulance, but she could not be revived.

Pathologist Dr Victoria Elliot confirmed her death was due to hanging.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, coroner Robert Simpson said it was “hard to comprehend” the pain Mr and Mrs Baynham had endured by losing a child.

He added: “Mrs Baynham was unable to cope with the loss and the fear of anything happening to her husband.”

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