Mum found dead in suspected suicide two weeks after son aged 8 died in house fire

Kellie-Anne Carter and son Lucas
Kelly-Anne Carter was found dead two weeks after the death of son Lucas

A mum who lost her eight-year-old son in a house fire two weeks ago has been found dead in a suspected suicide.

Kelly-Anne Carter suffered serious burns in the late-night blaze which killed her son Lucas on October 30.

Kelly-Anne was found dead in a property just yards away in Sandbach, Cheshire, on Saturday morning.

Lucas’ funeral is due to take place on Friday.

Cheshire Police have confirmed they are not treating her death as suspicious.

In a Facebook post, Kelly-Anne’s sister Gemma said her family had been left in “turmoil” following her death.

Lucas and Kelly-Anne had moved to Cheshire around six months ago
SWNS.comThe scene at Platt Avenue in Sandbach, where an eight-year-old boy died after a house fire
Lucas died after being found in an upstairs bedroom by firefighters

In a statement, Lucas’ school Offley Primary School said teachers, children and parents were in a state of “profound shock”.

The statement said: “It is with profound shock and deep sadness that we learn of the death of Lucas Carter’s mum Kelly-Anne at her partner’s home on Saturday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and partner Andy. Lucas died in tragic circumstances on October 30 and his funeral is due to take place on Friday.

“We now learn that Kelly-Anne has also died making this so much harder to bear for the family and all who knew them.

“This is a very difficult time for the family and for Offley Primary School as we try to comprehend what has happened and support the children, staff and the school community at this distressing time.

“Our school governor, the Reverend Thomas Shepherd, is in contact with the family and, through him, the school has extended its sincere sympathies and condolences.

FacebookKellie-Anne Carter and son Lucas
Kelly-Anne Carter was said to be “devastated” by Lucas’ death

The checkout worker was described as “devastated” by friends following Lucas’ death.

Her only child was discovered by firefighters in an upstairs bedroom after a blaze broke out in their semi-detached home and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving in hospital.

The pair had moved to the area together around six months ago.

A friend said following Lucas’ death: “He was her only child and she was totally devoted to him.

FacebookKellie-Anne Carter's son Lucas
The IPCC had already launched an investigation into Lucas’ death

“Lucas was a beautiful baby when he was born and he had grown up to be a handsome and kind boy. He had a lovely nature.”

Kelly-Anne’s partner Andy, 33, was described as being “utterly devastated” by his mum today.

Speaking from her home in Sandbach, Pauline Hough, 61, said: “My son is absolutely devastated as we all are. At least she is with her son now.

“Andy is utterly distraught and still in complete shock.”

Andy updated his profile picture to an image of the mum kissing her son Lucas over the weekend.

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Kelly-Anne Carter’s family said they had been left in “turmoil” at her death
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Lucas was described as a ‘handsome and kind boy’

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “We were notified of a sudden death at the address and a 35-year-old-woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a file will now be prepared for the coroner.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is also investigating the circumstances around Lucas’s death after it emerged police had been called to the house just three hours before the blaze.

A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We are working with Cheshire Police and investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.”

If you are having suicidal thoughts, you can speak to Samaritans by visiting their website here or calling 116 123 from the United Kingdom.

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