Man arrested on sex charges after teenage girl throws herself from monument and dies
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12/3/2014 (4 years ago)
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A 20-year-old man has been arrested after his teenage girlfriend threw herself from a 100-foot monument. Hampshire Police officers in the United Kingdom made their arrest after investigating the suicide of 15-year-old Ashli Cook.
"I thought maybe she had fallen asleep by the monument. I brushed her hair out of her face and her lips were blue. I shook her but she wasn't moving. I screamed for help. I didn't know what to do," the suicide victim's boyfriend said.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Cook died after falling from the Sir Eyre Coote monument in Rockbourne.
"Hampshire Constabulary can confirm that a 20 year-old man from the Fordingbridge area has been arrested on suspicion of engaging in sexual activity with a child and possessing indecent images in an investigation related to this death and has been bailed until February pending further enquiries," an official police statement read.
It was later revealed in an inquest that on September 20, the day before her death, Ashli, of Alderholt and her 20-year-old boyfriend boyfriend Marcus Webb had argued about going to a carnival.
The row ended with Ashli, who had been in a relationship with her boyfriend for three years, storming out of Webb's home in Sandleheath.
She later texted him, saying: "I'm going to jump off the tower. If we can't be together I don't want to be with anyone. Bye."
Webb said in a statement he did not take the threat seriously. Later he grew concerned about her and went to the tower on his bike. Once he arrived in the early hours of September 21, he discovered her body and called the emergency services.
"I thought maybe she had fallen asleep by the monument. I brushed her hair out of her face and her lips were blue. I shook her but she wasn't moving. I screamed for help. I didn't know what to do," he said.
Despite efforts to save her life, the teenager died. "I feel so guilty. I feel like it is my fault. She told me she was going to kill herself and she even told me the location. I laughed at her and thought she would not do it.
"Ashli meant more than life to me and I am nothing without her. I feel there is no point in me even being here."
Ashli's mother didn't attend the inquest. In a statement paid tribute to her daughter: "Ashli was a lovely young girl, unique, different, and quirky. She had her own special dress sense. She would have grown up to be a lovely person."
Her mother said in the weeks before her death there had been a problem with two girls at school bullying Ashli. She didn't think it was a big problem and that Ashli was dealing with it.
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