Charlie Dugmore, four, was banished to his room by his mother, Margaret, last March after he made a mess in the kitchen and splashed water in the bathroom. The boy hanged himself with a tie he had attached to the door-knob.
Mrs Dugmore told the inquest in Birmingham that when she went upstairs 'he looked like he was standing there with his head poking round the door at me. Then I realised his feet weren't touching the ground. I was shouting 'Don't do this to me Charlie'. His head was on one side. I lifted him off and he was cold.'
Dr Peter Ackland, a pathologist, said Charlie had died due to pressure on the nerves in his neck, which would cause his heart to stop. The coroner, Dr Richard Whittington, recorded a verdict of accidental death.Reuse content