AN INQUEST into the death of a young woman who had been battling mental health issues for ten years has recorded an open verdict.

Danielle Vaughan, 22, was found dead at her home in Wingate Close, Braintree, on November 21 last year.

Paramedics had been called out to the incident along with police after they were informed Miss Vaughan had self harmed but they were unable to save her life.

At a full inquest into her death at Essex Coroner's Court on Friday, it was revealed the deceased had a history of medical overdosing, self harming and a depressive order, and had been undergoing treatment for her mental health since the age of 12.

The court heard Miss Vaughan had rung the ambulance service herself to inform them she had self harmed and required treatment in the moments before her death.

Police were also called to the scene after paramedics were unable to gain access to the property.

During the hearing, Det Insp Fraser Lowe, from Essex Police, said: "Once they got in there, Danielle was located in the bath with a cut to her right inner arm. Paramedics did their best but unfortunately they couldn't save Danielle.

"Police officers then held the scene due to the amount of blood at the location."

He added: "There was no signs of a disturbance at the property and there was no sign of forced entry. I have also listened to the 999 call myself and there appears to be no one else in the property."

Mr Lowe stated he was confident there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Miss Vaughan's death.

He also confirmed there was no note found at the scene by officers.

A post mortem examination conducted at Broomfield Hospital revealed the cause of death to be "haemorrhage from lacerations to right upper arm".

At the conclusion of the inquest, senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray went on to record an open verdict into Miss Vaughan's death.

She told the court: "You won't be surprised that I have considered suicide but I have come to the decision that there isn't sufficient evidence. I then have moved onto accident. It is more likely she was larking around and it went horribly wrong? I'm not going to record accident.

"What I am going to record is an open conclusion. There isn't enough evidence for any of the other conclusions."

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