Girl, 13, hanged in ribbon game tragedy

A 13-year-old girl was found hanging by ribbon from a banister at her home in England after a game went tragically wrong, her mother said.

Michelle Dove told the Derby Telegraph that her daughter Davina Butchere had been playing with a length of ribbon on the stairs when she slipped and the material got caught around her neck.

Davina was pronounced dead at the family home in Allenton, Derby, on September 7.

Ms Dove, 37, told the newspaper: “We went straight to her but she was already feeling cold and her lips were turning grey.

“She was my little monkey. I will miss her so much.”

The ribbon was found tied to a stair post at the top of the banister, which the youngster is believed to have been sliding down.

Derbyshire Police said officers were not treating the death as suspicious and described it as an accident.

Tributes were left today on the website lastingtribute.co.uk.

School friend Faheemah Aziz wrote: “I cant belive davina is gone i was with her in yr 6 an im gonna miss her so so mch she was a great friend n i just wanna say to her mum stay strong n u know davina has gone to better placexxx.”

Linsay Needle wrote: “Cant believe davina is gone she was a great girl always full of energy and up for a laugh she will be sadly missed by all that knew her R.I.P Davina xxx love Linsay and kids xxx.”

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “There are no suspicious circumstances. It is being treated as an accident.”

An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

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