Mother texted message to son before taking fatal overdose 

Bi-polar mother, 26, who turned to drink after her sister’s death texted father of her son, five, to say ‘tell Leo I love him’ before taking fatal overdose

  • Mother was found unresponsive with empty medication packets next to her
  • She sent message to her son’s father asking him to tell the boy she loved him
  • Coroner gives narrative verdict after hearing she sent friends pictures of packets

A young mother died from an overdose after asking her ex-partner to tell her son she loved him in a text.

Jessica Cowdery, 26, sent a friend photos of empty medication packets before paramedics found her unresponsive at her home in Bridgend, south Wales.

An inquest heard she had struggled to cope with the death of her pregnant sister Amy in 2013 and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Jessica Cowdery died from an overdose after texting her ex-partner asking him to tell her six-year-old son, Leo, she loved him

Ms Chowdery’s mother, Elaine Llewellyn, said after her death that she didn’t think she was getting enough support with her mental health.

Ms Chowdery died on November 22 last year, after she sent a message to her ex partner, with whom her six-year-old son lived, saying: ‘Will you let Leo know how much his mum loves him. Please, please.’

She later sent worrying messages to friend, which led to the discovery of her, unconscious, at her at her home.

In a statement to the inquest, her mother Elaine, 57, said: ‘She was drinking more in the last couple of weeks.’

Coroner Andrew Barkely gave a narrative verdict after hearing levels of drug toxicity led to Ms Cowdery’s death.

Giving his conclusion, Mr Barkely said: ‘The evidence is that Miss Cowdery was found at her home address having indicated, it seems by what she was saying, that she considered taking an overdose.

‘By the time the help arrived she was unresponsive and nothing could be done to save her.’

The court heard Ms Chowdery had struggled to cope with the death of her sister

Ms Chowdery’s ex-partner Christopher Cheung broke the tragic news to their son Leo who, on hearing it, said he wanted to write a note to his mother.

He later wrote a heart-rending letter, stating: ‘To mummy, I love you so much xx from Leo’.

Speaking after her death, Ms Cowdery’s mother said: ‘When she was high she was very high but when she was at a low point that would like the end of the world.

‘I understand mental health is strapped for cash but she should have had a psychiatrist or a mental health worker helping her with this. If she had help she probably would still be here.’

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Following her death, her son wrote this heart-breaking message to her


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