Foul play ruled out in tragic death of Telford mother

A pregnant mother whose death sparked a murder investigation died of natural causes, a coroner ruled today.

Kimberley 'Kim' Russell
Kimberley 'Kim' Russell

Kimberley Russell, 27, of Telford had suffered a bleed on her brain, an inquest in Wellington revealed this morning.

The mother of two, who was expecting a daughter she had named Alissia Mai, was found dead at her home in Blakemore, Brookside, on February 11.

Darren Edwards, 33, was arrested on suspicion of murder, but later released without charge.

He told the Shropshire Star he was forced to leave Telford due to threats, despite his name being cleared.

Today, Detective Sergeant Allan Crossley of West Mercia Police, told the inquest an investigation was launched due to the unexplained circumstances surrounding Ms Russell’s death.

But he said a post mortem examination showed “no positive evidence to support a third party assault”.

She had no external injuries, she not been smothered or asphyxiated and toxicology reports gave no cause of death.

But the post mortem did uncover a brain haemorrhage consistent with a bleed that happened over a few days.

He said police inquiries found she had been to the Trafford Centre with friend Darren Jones on Saturday, February 2 and complained of feeling unwell.

The following day, she messaged the father of her unborn child, Anthony Tranter, to say she had been in bed all day after having a fit.

She told him she had woken up on the floor with her back soaked in sweat.

She sent her father, Paul Russell, a text message on Sunday evening but neither he, nor Mr Jones or Mr Tranter heard from her again.

They all received no reply to numerous phone calls and text messages and got no answer when they knocked on her door.

On Monday, February 11, her father contacted police who forced the door and found her body in the back bedroom.

Recording a verdict of death by natural causes, John Ellery, coroner for Shropshire and Telford said: “Despite the initial concern, Kimberley has died of a natural cause at sometime between February 3 and 11.”

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