Teenage schoolgirl was found hanged at home

A picture of student Robyn Watson lays amongst the tributes and flowers  left in her memory at the reception area of Newfields School, Sheffield
A picture of student Robyn Watson lays amongst the tributes and flowers left in her memory at the reception area of Newfields School, Sheffield
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A SCHOOLGIRL who died in hospital four days after being discovered seriously injured at home in Sheffield was found hanged, an inquest heard.

Robyn Watson, a 15-year-old Year 11 pupil at Newfield School, was rushed to hospital after being found on Friday night.

Opening the inquest into the teenager’s death, Coroner Christopher Dorries said emergency services were called to her home on Olive Grove Road, Heeley, at around 8pm.

Reading from a statement prepared by coroner’s officer Amanda d’Arras, Mr Dorries said Robyn was found hanging near her bedroom.

“She was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital where she remained until her death on Tuesday,” he told Sheffield Coroner’s Court.

The girl’s heartbroken mother, Lisa Watson, identified her daughter’s body.

A post-mortem examination was carried out by consultant pathologist Dr Mudher Al-Adnani, who recorded the cause of death as cerebral edema - or brain swelling - caused by hanging.

Mr Dorries adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.

He told the court: “At this stage I would just like to offer my condolences to everyone in Robyn’s family on the dreadful tragedy that’s befallen their lives, and I’m very sorry these are the circumstances.”

Shocked classmates have left flowers, posters and cards with emotional tributes near the entrance to Newfield School, and books of condolence have been opened. Counselling sessions are being offered to pupils and the school is collecting ideas on how to remember Robyn.