A mother who lost her only daughter just days before Christmas, has revealed her presents from the winter holiday remain unopened in her bedroom a year on.
Eboney Cheshire was just 13 years old when she became one of Britain’s youngest ecstasy victims in December 2018.
The schoolgirl had spent the days leading up to her death watching Christmas films and decorating the house for the festive season alongside her mother.
Kerry, 40, from Rainhill, Merseyside, who works as a mental health practitioner, gave up her job for almost a year in search of the truth surrounding her daughter’s death, confronting drug dealers on the streets and putting herself in danger.
She was not aware Eboney had taken the drug until tests looking into the cause of her death found traces of it in her blood.
Kerry, 40, from Rainhill, Merseyside, revealed her daughter Eboney Cheshire’s (pictured together), Christmas presents haven’t been opened since her death in December 2018
Eboney (pictured travelling on a train) became one of the youngest people in Britain to die from ecstasy, when she suffered a seizure aged 13
It is believed that the drug was bought using social media, and within hours Eboney died.
Kerry who has recently returned to work, has spent hours trawling the streets, handing out leaflets and tracking down drug dealing gangs – in the hope that one day she will have justice for her little girl.
‘I just want to know what happened – I want to know why my daughter died. I’ve met with drug dealers, I’ve put posters up, I’ve put myself in danger, – but I won’t stop until I get the truth,’ she said.
‘I had no idea Eboney had ever even taken a drug in her life. She had never been in any trouble.
‘She was full of fun and confidence and she adored Christmas.
‘She had a cat called Grinch and she would dress him up in baby clothes.
‘It breaks my heart that she will never open her Christmas presents.’
Eboney was Kerry’s only daughter, who she describes as a bright, chatty girl who dreamed of becoming a doctor. The grieving mother also has an older son, Leon, 17.
Kerry continued: ‘My parents used to look after Eboney whilst I was working and they would read to her and teach her the capitals and the flags of the world. She had a fabulous general knowledge.
Kerry said Eboney (pictured) had hopes of studying medicine after school, and was just getting into make-up when she died
‘She wanted to do medicine after school and I think she would have made it.
‘She was a beautiful girl too – she was just getting into wearing make-up and clothes when she died.
‘She had a lovely group of friends and of course there were bad influences at school, which I tried to steer Eboney away from, but I had no serious concerns about her.’
In the run up to Christmas 2018, the family prepared for the festive season as usual.
‘We always make a big fuss at Christmas and Eboney especially loved Christmas. She even called her cat, Grinch.
‘But Eboney had picked up a cold in November which she struggled to shift, and she wasn’t herself. On December 1 she had a day off school with a high temperature. I had the day off work so we just snuggled up on the couch and watched Christmas films.
‘It was a lovely day – one which I cherish now,’ Kerry said.
Kerry found Eboney (funeral pictured) suffering a seizure just after 10:30pm, earlier in the day the schoolgirl had arranged to meet with friends
She added: ‘For Christmas, she wanted a new double bed with fancy bedding, a blue-tooth speaker and some perfume and make-up.
‘Most of my Christmas shopping was done and Eboney’s presents were wrapped.’
The pair spent the following day watching festive films and decorating the house. On December 3, Kerry went to work and Eboney seemed a little better and arranged to meet with friends.
Kerry said: ‘When I got home in the evening, just before 8pm, Eboney was sitting on the couch wearing her favourite red bubble coat, absorbed in her mobile phone.
‘The first thing I said to her was: ‘Look at the state of the house!’ I was moaning at her, because I’d worked a long shift and she hadn’t even tidied up.
‘She just ignored me and went up to her bedroom, still looking at her phone.
‘I thought she was being a typical teenager so I started cleaning and hoovering and then I had something to eat and I watched TV.’
However, when Kerry checked on Eboney just after 10.30pm, she found her having a massive seizure.
Eboney’s (pictured as a child celebrating Christmas) temperature hit 40°C, as her eyes rolled to the back of her head
Kerry (pictured with Eboney) initially thought Eboney’s death was related to the cold virus she picked up in November, although she had seemed better
Examinations determined Eboney’s cause of death to be down to MDMA toxicity, pictured her funeral
She continued: ‘I went into panic. She was in the dark, in her bed clothes and in bed. Her eyes were rolling to the back of her head.’
Eboney’s temperature hit 40°C as paramedics fought to help her.
She was rushed to hospital with Kerry, where she died just four hours later.
Kerry added: ‘I was in complete shock. My family came to the hospital and we were all devastated.’
The mother-of-two felt sure Eboney’s death must be connected to the cold virus she’d had, but doctors said she appeared to have suffered a fatal reaction to something she had taken.
‘I was racking my brains, wondering what on earth she could have taken. But I just had no idea,’ she said.
Tests revealed her cause of death to be Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) toxicity. MDMA is more commonly known as ecstasy.
In the aftermath of Eboney’s death police searched her room and found no traces of the drug, or anything else that could have been suspicious.
Eboney (pictured) who was buried the day after New Year’s Day, hasn’t had any arrests over her death and her family are continually in search of answers
Kerry has questioned why she didn’t spot the signs or symptoms that Eboney (pictured with her brother, Leon as children) experienced, despite being a trained medical practitioner
Kerry recounts the family not being allowed to go into their home in the days following Eboney’s death
Eboney’s funeral was held the day after New Year’s Day.
Kerry said: ‘I’ve been over and over the hours before her death and it makes no sense. CCTV shows her in the local shop, around 7:30pm, buying sweets and a drink.
‘I can only think she met with someone on the way to the shop – maybe she was spiked or maybe she fell prey to drug dealers.
‘But why would Eboney take a drug, on her way home, just before bed?
‘She had never taken drugs. She had never been in any trouble. It was a massive shock.
‘I felt so guilty – why hadn’t I spotted any signs or symptoms? I am a trained medical professional yet I didn’t realise my own daughter had taken a drug and she was in danger.’
The police investigation into Eboney’s death has brought no arrests and the family are still desperate for answers.
Kerry added: ‘Christmas passed us in a blur. We were not allowed back in the house in the days before Christmas and my friend took down the Christmas tree and all our decorations.
Kerry said she found herself unable to look at the Christmas tree, remembering that Eboney (pictured as a child) had helped her to decorate it
Kerry (pictured with Eboney and Leon as children) revealed plans to continue campaigning for the truth surrounding her daughter’s death
‘Eboney had helped me decorate the tree and I couldn’t bear to even look at it.
‘I gave my son, Leon, his presents on Christmas morning but he could not open them.
‘Eboney’s Christmas presents are in her bedroom, still unopened. Her school blazer and her school shoes are hanging in the hallway.
‘I don’t want to celebrate without my little girl and neither does Leon.
‘My campaign won’t stop, even over Christmas, until I have the answers I need.
‘I’ve had calls from children at the school, giving me information, and we believe that Eboney got the drugs, over snap-chat, from a local source. I am very close to the truth.
‘But until justice is done, my fight will go on.’
Kerry and Leon have decided not to celebrate Christmas without Eboney (pictured as a child)