A 14-year-old girl who was found hanged in a tree in East Yorkshire after discussing a suicide pact with her friend may not have meant to take her own life, an inquest has heard.
Jessica Blake, who had a history of self-harm, was found sitting in a tree with a ligature around her neck after going missing from her home in Beverley in August.
But the teenager may not have intended to kill herself, despite making a plan with her close friend to jump from the Humber Bridge the following week, the inquest at Hull Coroner's Court heard.
Coroner Geoffrey Saul recorded a narrative verdict at the hearing after saying that Jessica's age, "history of fantasy" and the fact that she was found in a sitting position in the tree meant he could not be certain her death was suicide.
Mr Saul said Jessica was found dead in a wooded area to the rear of Chester Avenue, Beverley, on August 26, having hanged herself, although "the question of her intent remains uncertain."
A statement made by Jessica's friend said they would discuss self-harm or suicide when they were unhappy or angry but she said they were just "thoughts" and she never believed it would happen.
Jessica was referred to a children's mental health service in November last year after her school discovered she had been self-harming, and had a number of appointments before being discharged at the end of February.
She told staff she had experienced some problems at school, which had since been resolved, and that she felt angry and frustrated at home because of the chores she had to do as a result of her mother's disability.
Police and social services became involved with the family after Jessica told a friend that her father hit her but an investigation found no evidence of violence and Jessica admitted she made up the story.
She also reported that she had been raped but later withdrew the allegation and in March, a fire officer alerted the authorities after Jessica set fire to the curtains in her bedroom while lighting pieces of paper in a bin.
Following the inquest her parents, Alison and Dave Blake, have issued the following statement: