The 14-year-old teenager accidentally committed suicide after a friend’s FaceTime call was broken, study finds
An ailing teenager accidentally committed suicide after a FaceTime conversation with a friend who was trying to comfort him, lost Wi-Fi and dropped out, an investigation found.
William Paddy, from Harmans Cross, Dorset, was upset after a ‘stupid’ fight with his girlfriend.
The 14-year-old friend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, tried to distract William while the pair played the online video game Fortnite and talked on FaceTime.
William Paddy, pictured, from Harmans Cross, Dorset, accidentally killed himself after FaceTime conversation with a friend who tried to comfort him, lost Wi-Fi, court heard
Lesley Paddy, William’s mother, kept one of his children’s toys out of the judicial investigation at Bournemouth Town Hall. She said her son had lost “half-term plans.”
But the conversation ended when the Wi-Fi signal dropped around midnight.
After his mother Lesley went to bed, William, a talented rider, took a bottle of brandy and drank half of it.
He then told friends on a group Snapchat message that he was going to commit suicide.
When the friend was able to come back online later, he saw William’s Snapchat messages and tried to talk to him, but got no response.
The boy woke his mother up and asked her to call William’s mother because he was worried about his friend.
But she told him that she wouldn’t call Mrs. Paddy at two in the morning because William was arguing with his girlfriend and that he would be okay tomorrow.
In a statement, she said, “I didn’t even think for a split second that Will would actually harm himself. I would have thought I called Lesley and if she didn’t answer I would have driven to their house. ‘
Mrs. Paddy, 53, found William’s body in the bathroom in their home when she woke up in the morning.
Ms. Paddy clutched her son’s favorite stuffed animal and told the investigation how to resuscitate him until an ambulance arrived.
She said, “I tried to save him, but I couldn’t.”
William was an avid sportsman and a talented rider. The Bournemouth investigator learned he was upset and broke after a ‘stupid’ fight with his girlfriend
A post-mortem examination showed that the cause of death was pressure on the neck.
Coroner Brendan Allen asked her if there was any hint afterwards that William wanted to harm himself.
Mrs. Paddy said, “Nothing at all. He was in a good mood. He had a lot of plans for the rest of the half period, he even called one of his friends and asked them to find him a new girlfriend the next day.
“He was arguing with his girlfriend about stupid things and because he was very dramatic, I think he drank half a bottle of cognac and was angry. I think he had no intention of not being here the next day. ‘
His blood alcohol level was 87 mcg in 100 ml of blood, just above the legal limit of 80 mcg.
The Bournemouth criminal investigation learned that William was a day student at the private Milton Abbey School in Dorset and had worked halfway through May last year at his mother’s repair shop in Poole.
He was a talented athlete, an avid rugby player, snow line and rider.
Mr. Allen said that his death was an “unimaginable tragedy.” He recorded a death sentence by setback and said he was satisfied that William had committed suicide but had no intention of doing so.
He said that the alcohol would have had some effect, increased risk behavior, and diminished the ability to make rational decisions.
He said, “Was he going to? The evidence does not support that – no comment, he had been drinking alcohol, he had no history of self-harm and had any plans for the foreseeable future and long-term future.
William, pictured, on a fishing trip. The Bournemouth judicial inquiry heard that William was a day student of the private Milton Abbey School in Dorset
“He sent a message to his friend, creating a situation where he could have been saved. I am satisfied that Will had no intention of taking his own life. What he was doing went wrong.
“It’s an unimaginable tragedy you’ve had to endure.”
Since his death, Ms. Paddy has set up a charity, #Willdoes, to help other young people’s mental well-being through activities, which have already raised £ 60,000.
Sandra Redknapp, wife of former football manager Harry Redknapp, is the patron saint of charity.
After the investigation, Ms. Paddy said, “It was so important to myself, family, and all of Will’s friends that Will was determined not by his passing, but by the beautiful, special person he was.
Will was passionate about sports, empathetic and the most loving boy, but also a typical teenager.
“He still shows me the way to continue by setting up the charity. Will, in everything he did he wrote ‘Will does’ and so now I have to continue with what Will does.
“If we could help more young people navigate this minefield and realize their dreams, as Will would have wanted for himself and his friends.
“Will had time for everyone, supporting all his friends. He continues to strive to help people through #Willdoes. ‘
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