Tragic collection of occasions that led to mum dying simply weeks after son took personal life

Marshall Metcalfe died after falling from a constructing and his mum, Jane Ireland, was discovered precisely a month later after taking methadone

Marshall Metcalfe with mum Jane and sisters Macy and Holly (left to right)
Marshall Metcalfe with mum Jane and sisters Macy and Holly (left to proper)

The household of a mum and 17-year-old son who died inside weeks of every have welcomed a coroner’s report to stop future deaths.

Marshall Metcalfe died after struggling “catastrophic internal injuries” after falling from a constructing on 7 May final yr.

Exactly a month later, his mum Jane Ireland was discovered useless at house after taking non-prescribed heroin substitute treatment methadone, LancsLive studies.

The pair each suffered from psychological well being points. Marshall, who had been identified with psychosis, had spent two spells as an in-patient at Tier 4 unit The Cove in Lancashire previous to his demise.

Jane Ireland was discovered useless a month after her son Marshall died



An inquest held during the last two weeks that concluded on Thursday dominated that Marshall’s demise was suicide.

Marshall had been seen on the prime of the constructing the place he fell to his demise, the coroner stated.

He stated: ”Marshall is believed to have left his house on May 7, 2020, at 12 midday.

“Witnesses said his face was expressionless, blank and showed no emotion.”

Marshall died after falling from a constructing



The coroner revealed that previous to Marshall’s demise, the homeowners of the constructing had been requested to place up everlasting limitations to stop anybody from taking their very own life there.

However, due to Covid-19, solely short-term limitations have been put up which have been then changed with everlasting fixtures – a month after Marshall’s demise.

Expert witnesses stated that when Marshall had been discharged from The Cove in January 2020, after his second admission, youngsters’s social care had closed his case and have been now not concerned.

Although Marshall was re-referred this did not happen till two months later.

Holly Ireland outdoors the coroner’s court docket at Blackpool Town Hall


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Earlier within the inquest, the coroner heard from Brendan Lee, the top of social service for kids and social care at Lancashire County Council, who stated the council had recognized numerous areas for classes to be realized following Marshall’s demise.

Staff at The Cove had a “strong feeling that children’s social care should remain involved in Marshall’s case” due to considerations about his mum’s personal psychological well being and “capacity to parent” Marshall, he stated.

One professional witness described the shortage of links between well being and social care represented a “missed opportunity”.

Staff from The Cove sent a Section 85 letter to the council notifying them he had been discharged, but the letter was not passed on to social services.

Marshall subsequently went without support from social services for several weeks.

Despite some changes having been made at social services since Marshall’s death, the coroner said he was concerned social services had not remained involved in his care after he was admitted to The Cove.

Marshall’s mum Jane Ireland, 44, died on 7 June 2020, a month after her son’s death. The coroner returned a narrative conclusion in relation to Marshall’s mum’s death after ruling out suicide, misadventure or drug-related death.

The inquest heard that although she was struggling with Marshall’s death, this was “not unusual” and there was no criticism made regarding no action being taken after she disclosed her own suicidal thoughts.

Miss Ireland and her family moved from Burnley to Lytham in 2015 after her ex-partner bit part of her nose off.

During the inquest, her daughter Holly said this had had a massive impact on her mum.

“I used to be there when it occurred,” Holly told the inquest. “It had a large influence on her. She simply could not get her head spherical why he did it to her.

“I begged her to maneuver away however she started to distance herself from her associates and began to speak with angels. She relied on his household when he was in jail for what he did to her.

“She had no nose, she had to go through so many operations, and she found it so hard just walking through the streets looking like that.”

After the inquest, Holly said while she had hoped the coroner would highlight the failure to put up a permanent barrier at the building before her brother’s death.

However, she welcomed the coroner’s Prevention of Future Deaths Report relating to closer working between health care and social care.

At the conclusion of the inquest, the coroner said he intended to send a Prevention of Future Deaths Report to Gillian Keegan, the Minister of State for Care at the Department of Health and Social Care.

The Department of Health and Social Care will have 56 days to respond to the report.

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