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Feb 21, 2014
A mother of newborn twins, who was suffering from post-natal depression, jumped to her death from a multi-storey car park, an inquest heard.
Claire Turpin, aged 42, who became pregnant after fertility treatment, took her own life three months after giving birth to twins Jack and Eliza.
Recording a suicide verdict after a three-day inquest, Sheffield assistant deputy coroner Julian Fox said the hearing had been ‘harrowing’.
Mrs Turpin, from Chapeltown, fell from the John Lewis store car park in Sheffield city centre, landing on a car, in January last year.
The inquest heard she had been ‘overjoyed’ at discovering she was pregnant with twins but, although her babies were looked after to an ‘extremely high standard’, she felt she was not good enough to care for them.
Her health visitor Donna Sanderson said: “She was struggling to believe in herself as a new mum. I told her it is quite a stressful time and having two babies has a massive impact.”
Her GP, Susan Parker, said the month before she died Mrs Turpin said she feared social services would take her babies from her.
Coroner Mr Fox said: “It must have been agonising for all Claire’s family to witness her change from a happy, lively, bubbly personality into a withdrawn woman with no self-respect.”
Claire’s mother Kath Sugden said the family were critical of the medical care her daughter received.
She said: “All that happened was that Claire went to the doctor and came home with a batch of tablets.”