The family of an 8-year-old girl who died after an accident in a school playground have
paid tribute to a 'loving daughter who lived life to the full'. Freya James died from internal bleeding after being knocked over by another child during break time at Trafalgar Junior School in Twickenham.
Today a coroner ruled her death was an accident, as Luke Hanrahan reports.
Outside the court, a statement was read out on behalf of Freya's family:
Freya was a beautiful little girl with a sparkle in her eye and an intoxicating smile. Her energy was endless.
She was an adoring older sister to her brother and a loving, caring friend and daughter who lived and loved life to the full. The night before she died she "went to sleep excited" as she was due to travel to Germany to visit her grandparents.
The next time we saw her, she was fighting for her life in hospital. We never got the chance to say goodbye or tell her how much we loved her. We've lost our beautiful baby, the most precious thing a parent can ever lose. Today marks the first step to getting closure and saying goodbye to our daughter.
Nothing will ever bring Freya back but we will continue to pursue all possible avenues to give Freya the justice she deserves.
The death of an eight-year-old girl during a playground game was accidental. Freya James was playing a game called Jails when one boy chasing another in the game Bulldog ran into her. She then fell onto a wooden railway sleeper at Trafalgar Junior School in Twickenham.
Today the jury at her inquest ruled her death on February 14 was accidental. Dean Rogers, chair of governors at Trafalgar Junior School, said a special garden in Freya's memory had been created outside her classroom:
"Losing Freya was the darkest, hardest and most difficult time in our school's long history. It is a loss we continue to feel every day. Freya was a special part of our community and we will never forget the positive light she brought amongst us.
"None of us can come close to imagining the sense of loss felt by the James family. Over the last few days all the thoughts and prayers in our hearts have again gone out to them."