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Teenager died after drinking whisky.

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl in foster care who was found hanging at a house party was "very drunk" having downed whisky and Disaronno in a drinking game, an inquest heard.

Sarah Clerkson, originally from Sunderland but staying with a County Durham family, went to sleep after she was sick and party-goers found her an hour later in the bedroom.

Her foster father Andrew Young told the hearing at Crook Civic Centre that she had settled in well with the family and they had told her their intention was to make the arrangement long-term.

Coroner Andrew Tweddle said the only conclusion was an "open one", as there was no indication she intended to kill herself at the party in Spennymoor in December 2013.

Detective Inspector Wendy Tinkler said Sarah took part in a drinking game and had drunk "quite a considerable amount of whisky and Disaronno."

She was helped to a bedroom to sleep but an hour later the concerned young people found her in the bedroom. Attempts were made to revive her and an ambulance was called but she could not be saved.

A review by Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board will be published in the coming weeks.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 27, 2015
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