Pal of mum whose baby died alone in flat at Christmas speaks out for first time
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The best mate of a mum and baby who died last Christmas has spoken out for the first time.
Natalie Kane and her little one-year-old son Harry died on December 24 2021, something Stacey Hackett, 35, said she will “never get over”.
Natalie, 27, took her own life and her son was left on his own for what police believe may have been two or three days before passing away from dehydration.
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Natalie’s body was found next to the unopened Christmas presents in the living room of their flat on December 30, while little Harry’s was found in the bathroom.
Stacey and Natalie had been due to spend Christmas together that year in Whitehaven, Cumbria, having met in 2018, when Natalie was on the road to recovery from addiction and domestic abuse.
Then, in October 2020, Harry was born, The Sun reports.
Speaking about the tragic loss of her friend, Stacey said: "Natalie had arranged to spend Christmas Day with me.
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"On Christmas Eve, we had been out shopping and I babysat Harry whilst Natalie got her nails done, ready for Christmas.
"She was a devoted mother. She had really turned her life around since having Harry, and she was so looking forward to her first proper Christmas with him.
"I will never get over losing them both. If any good can come from this, I hope that others will learn how important it is to speak out about mental health and depression."
Stacey had praised Natalie's parenting and said that the birth of her son had been a turning point in her life.
But depression meant that she still struggled and so when she didn't arrive for Christmas she was hesitant to raise the alarm.
She continued: "I knew from experience that Natalie sometimes wanted quiet time, just her and Harry. It was part of her depression.
"I just thought it was best to leave her to do that.
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"It’s a lesson to us all to check on our friends and neighbours over Christmas, and all year round.
"I didn’t know that Natalie was struggling and if I had, I’d have taken her absence over Christmas more seriously.
"I think she kept it from me because she didn’t want to be judged, as a mother or a friend."
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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