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A “depressed” mother bought her young son a McDonald’s Happy Meal before filling his backpack with rocks, tying their wrists together and leaping into a dam with him to their deaths, an inquest has heard.
Emma Sillett, 41, drove five-year-old Jenson Spellman to their deaths at an isolated reservoir in the Derbyshire Peak District of central England in November 2018.
The social worker left a note in her car which explained she wanted to end her own life but couldn’t bear to leave Jenson behind, Chesterfield Coroner’s Court heard.
In the years leading up to this tragedy, Sillett had battled depression and endured three miscarriages in only two years and the sudden death of her older brother, the hearing was told.