make herself breakfast before leading PCSO to dead mum

, by Laura Ikeji

Birmingham Mail

Grief: James Rushton said his family had been left devastated

The tragedy happened on January 6.

The off-duty PCSO called emergency services and stayed with the girl until help arrived.

The death was not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Rushton, who has launched a fundraising appeal for his granddaughter, said: “She had got herself up and ready for nursery because she couldn’t wake mummy.

“Being the intelligent young girl that she is, she decided to make her way there alone.

“A few yards from her house, she was spotted by an off-duty officer and his wife and asked where she was going so early.

“At this point, realising something was wrong, the officer asked her where she lived.

“Only being yards from her house, she led him to the back door she had come out of.

“The officer entered the house and took a look around, while his wife kept her occupied.


Tragic: Police at house on Shobnall Road, in Burton upon Trent, where officers discovered mum Nicolla Rushton after her daughter led a PCSO back to the house

“It was noticed that Phoebe had tried to make breakfast and she had also got herself ready for nursery.

“Nothing seemed unusual.

“The officer went upstairs to what was mummy’s bedroom.

“Nothing could have prepared him for what he discovered.

“My daughter had passed away.

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“It was obvious nothing could be done to save her.

“My poor granddaughter had endured some time with her mum like this before deciding to go to nursery alone.

“I have set up a fundraising campaign in memory of my daughter to raise money for my granddaughter’s future.

“She is an extremely intelligent young girl and I am hoping this will give her the best future possible.”

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