A devastated mum wishes that she had said "I love you" to her 13-year-old daughter on the day she went to bed and never woke up.
Eboney Cheshire, from Merseyside, who was much loved by her family and friends had dreams of becoming a doctor.
The schoolgirl died after suffering from an ecstasy-related seizure just before Christmas last year, the Liverpool Echo reported .
Her mum Kerry Williams has demanded more answers over her death which she says has not been adequately explained.
Presents bought for Eboney sit unopened in the bedroom of her Rainhill, Merseyside, home as her family try to come to terms with her tragic death.
Her mum had nursed her daughter through a winter cold just before her death.
The pair watched Christmas films under the decorations as they anticipated another exciting family festive season.
At around 7.30pm on Sunday, December 2 the mum-of-two returned from work to find Eboney sitting on the sofa in her coat.
There was little to suggest that Kerry's life would be turned upside in the next few hours, she says.
"She was sat on the couch texting on her phone," the mental health worker said.
"She had her coat on because it was quite cold and she had a blue carrier bag of food.
"My last words to her were having a go at the state of the house.
"She didn’t say two words to me, she went upstairs to her bedroom so I thought ‘right, I will start blitzing the house’.
"I did the washing, some cleaning downstairs and put a film on.
"Thinking about it now she was probably suffering while I was watching TV and I didn’t know.
"I went to bed and heard a noise. At first I thought it was probably Eboney being silly on her phone.
"I heard the noise again and something just made me check on her.
"She was in the dark, in her bed clothes and in bed. Her phone was at the other end of the room and her eyes were rolling to the back of her head. She was having a seizure."
Paramedics rushed Eboney to hospital as her body temperature soared to 40C.
She continued: "As soon as they opened the ambulance door Eboney was getting rushed into the hospital and they were resuscitating her. I just collapsed in the hospital."
Eboney had been found by her mum at 11.15pm. She died four hours later.
Paying tribute to Eboney, whose school blazer and shoes still hang in the porch of their home, Kerry said: "She was so amazing, she was extremely funny. She would do accents, impressions, she was so animated, everybody just wanted to be around her.
"There were friends knocking constantly , asking if Eboney was coming out.
"She was someone other people liked to be around. She was loyal but she was streetwise.
"Although she didn’t go out a great deal she was sometimes older-headed, but she could be vulnerable as well. She was a poser, always in the mirror putting on make-up.
"She never brought any trouble to my home. She didn’t like bullies and she had the gift of the gab, she was funny and no-one wanted to fall out with her.
"She had such a big heart. I idolised her."
Doctors believed that Eboney had taken something to cause the fatal reaction.
Kerry said: "They kept saying ‘is there anything she could have taken at home?’ I was wracking my head thinking what could she have possibly taken?”
Months later tests finally revealed her cause of death to be Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) toxicity. MDMA is more commonly known as ecstasy.
Kerry had warned her children about the dangers of illegal substances when there were rumours about dealers operating in the area.
Police searched Eboney's room and found no traces of the drug.
CCTV captured the former St Anne’s primary school pupil buying food and drink at a nearby convenience store at 7pm on the night of her death – around half-an-hour before her mum came home.
Ecstasy can take up to 45 minutes to have an impact and Eboney was displaying no symptoms when she went to bed just after Kerry’s return.
The mum-of-two believes her daughter must have come into contact with the drug when she went to the shops.
She questions whether she met a friend – or someone else – who dared or pressured her into taking the drug.
She also believes that it is possible that her drink had been spiked.
The 40-year-old said there is no logic to Eboney choosing to take a party drug immediately before going home.
She recalled how she worked hard at school, had a close-knit group of friends left shocked by the tragedy and who had never had issues with drugs before.
She said: "I don’t believe Eboney has just gone and met someone, taken ecstasy and come home. I think there has to be some kind of influence there.
"I don’t understand the whole situation, going out for her tea, going home to bed and putting her nightie or whatever on.
"I have tried to run through different scenarios – what if she did take it, felt unwell, maybe she tried to sleep it off.
"I have been through different scenarios in my head and I can’t come to anything other than someone gave it to her on that night .
"I’m open to ideas, at first I was like ‘not my Eboney, my Eboney wouldn’t do that’.
"I think to myself you don’t know what your kids do when they go out but one thing for sure is when Eboney did come in I would check her. I would even check her fingers to make sure she hadn’t been smoking."
Kerry is desperate for answers that could help her piece together what happened and why. Those answers could prevent further deaths.
She said: "My heart breaks every single day. Eboney was just 13 when she lost her life, and the night she passed away haunts me every day.
"Why couldn’t I have saved her? Why didn’t I cool her down to bring her temperature down to stop her seizure? I work in healthcare so why didn’t my skills kick in? I blame myself.
"Why weren’t my last words to her ‘I love you’ before she went to bed.
"Every night I go to sleep I pray she will come to me in my dreams.
"My baby was just 13, vulnerable, she wasn’t a naughty teenager, she was looking forward to taking her GCSEs in school, she wanted to be a doctor, to save life because she had a big heart with so much love to give .
"Ebs was popular and I am proud to say she is mine, nothing will change that.
"I still sign her name on birthday cards because it feels like the right thing to do.
"I still have two children not one. Eboney was an animated character, she oozed with confidence and made everyone laugh, not only by what she would say but how she could look at you.
"I miss her face. I am so scared I will forget what she looks like in my head as time goes on or how her voice was and the sound of her laugh. That may sound silly, but it scares me.
"Someone out there knows what happened to my baby that night and they are holding back on information.
"I know people know, and if you have a heart or any type of guilt you need to do what’s right.
"I can’t continue like this, it has destroyed me, my family and Eboney’s friends.
"We are all hurting, and I just want justice for my baby."
Crimestoppers can be contacted, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or online .
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