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Sad mum's suicide not to milkman.

Byline: By Lisa Jones South Wales Echo

A young mum took an overdose of anti-depressants and then left a note for the milkman saying she had killed herself.

Hairdresser Cheryl Sims wrote the note and left it on the doorstep of her Barry home, an inquest has heard.

She also left notes for her partner Justin Giosanu, dad of her two young children, and her best friend Charlotte Bobbett.

Cheryl, 27, had been depressed following the death of her beloved mother.

The note to her partner read: "I need to be with my mum - make sure my girls are okay."

She was found sitting at the table surrounded by handwritten notes and tablets, the inquest heard. 'I'm so very sorry, I just couldn't cope anymore': A young mum left a note for the milkman saying she had killed herself.

Cheryl Sims, 27, wrote the tragic note and left it on her doorstep for the milkman after overdosing on anti-depressants tablets, an inquest has heard.

It read: 'Please call the police and please tell my kids I love them - I'm sorry to do this to you.'

Cheryl, a hairdresser from Barry, had written other notes to her two children, family and best friend describing how she could not cope.

The inquest in Cardiff heard she had been depressed after her mother's death and the break up of her relationship with her partner - the father of her two children now aged one and two - the day before.

A note to Justin Giosanu read: "I need to be with my mum - make sure my girls are okay.'

Another to her best friend Charlotte Bobbett read: "I'm sorry - I just couldn't cope anymore."

Today Charlotte, who also lives in Barry, who ran a business with Cheryl, said: 'I was speaking to her the night she died and at first we just had a normal chat. It's very hard.

'We were best friends and ran a business together. We would speak about 50 times a day on the phone anyway.'

Cheryl was discovered by a friend before the milkman called at her home.

Deputy Coroner Geraint Williams said: "She was found sitting at the table surrounded by handwritten notes and tablets.'

She was still conscious and asked her friend if she was going to be okay - but died only hours later in hospital.

Described as 'lively and caring', Cheryl had been to see a counsellor earlier that day - but had been unusually quiet.

The inquest heard she had returned home where she started drinking heavily and at around 9pm she rang Miss Bobbett to tell her she had taken an overdose.

Mr Williams said there was no doubt Cheryl had loved her children - but said it was unlikely she would have left a suicide note if she had not intended to kill herself.

He said: "She would often say she wanted to die and be with her mother again.

"The notes she left are a clear indication that she intended to take her own life.'

The coroner delivered a verdict of suicide.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 30, 2006
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