A young mother-of-two has died in a suspected suicide after allegedly being the victim of domestic violence.
Caitlin Thornton, 21, was found unconscious in the backyard of a home in Cessnock, in NSW‘s Hunter region, about 8.30pm on March 8.
The beautician was rushed to John Hunter Hospital, but never recovered from her injuries and sadly passed away three days later.
The NSW Police Force confirmed they are treating Ms Thornton’s death as a suspected self-harm incident.
‘A crime scene was established at the home and examined by specialist forensic police, and an investigation into the incident commenced,’ a NSW Police spokesperson said.
‘Initial inquiries suggest the incident is not suspicious, and a report is being prepared for the information of the Coroner.’
Caitlin Thornton, 21, (pictured) was found unconscious at a home in Cessnock, in the NSW Hunter region, on March 8
Ms Thornton is pictured with her mother Kylie Bailey
But Ms Thornton’s mother Kylie Bailey said her daughter would never have taken her own life.
A NSW Coroner’s Court spokesperson confirmed the nature of Ms Thornton’s death was yet to be determined and the matter is still before the court.
Specialist social workers based at the Coroner’s Court are assisting the family, the spokesperson said.
Ms Thornton had just begun a new chapter in her life – living as a single mum and setting up her own eyelash business in the weeks before her death.
A funeral is yet to be scheduled for Ms Thornton, who leaves behind two sons – one a two year-old toddler and the other just 12 months old.
Ms Bailey said her daughter was an ‘adoring loving mother’ who doted on her two little boys.
‘She had a great routine for her kids – she really cared about them,’ she said.
‘She would take them to the park every day. She was a beautiful mum.’
Ms Thornton, a lash technician, had just started her own business a few weeks ago
Ms Bailey said her daughter was an adoring mother who adored her two young sons
A group of 70 friends, family and locals held a memorial service for Ms Thornton at Shoal Bay
Ms Bailey said she is unable to bury her daughter because her ex-partner, who now has care of their children, was Ms Thornton’s next of kin.
‘I desperately want to lay my daughter to rest, but without going to the Supreme Court to fight for next of kin I can’t do anything,’ she said.
While the family are still waiting to hold a funeral, family, friends and locals congregated at Shoal Bay on March 19 to pay their respects to the young mother by placing flowers into the ocean in her memory.
A GoFundMe launched to help her family raise funds for her funeral and sons’ future education has so far raised $11,035.
Tributes have flowed in online for Ms Thornton as loved ones come to terms with her shocking death.
‘May you rest in peace Caitlin – knowing your family will always hold you in their hearts and keep your memory alive,’ Justene Ford wrote.
‘Sending so much love.’
Jemahli Adele said: ‘She is no longer in pain – she is at peace and knew she was loved, cherished and admired by so many.’
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