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Open verdict on fall mum's death.

A CORONER has recorded an open verdict on a teenage mum who plunged to her death from a bridge above Bedworth by-pass only 10 weeks after the birth of her son.

Michael Coker, the Warwickshire coroner, said the death of 18-year-old Elaine Natalie Roodhouse was "a tragic matter which left a variety of questions."

Ms Roodhouse, of Armson Road, Exhall, died on July 1 last year after either falling or jumping from a walkway known as the Banana Bridge, which spans the A444 Bedworth by-pass.

She was then struck by one or more vehicles.

At an inquest in Nuneaton, the coroner said it was impossible to say from a post-mortem examination whether her death had been caused by fall injuries or being hit by a car.

Mr Coker said: "We can't be sure it wasn't an accident, and it doesn't mean anything suspicious by recording an open verdict, merely that we're unable to say if she intended to fall or accidentally slipped.

"It is difficult to say which did which injury - the fall or being struck by a vehicle, which caused her death."

The inquest was told that Ms Roodhouse was taking anti-depressants for post-natal depression after the birth of her son, Jenson, in April.

She was in "some emotional pain".

A Home Office pathologist who conducted a post-mortem examination said she died from multiple injuries.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 13, 2003
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