Young mum ‘committed suicide’ on Christmas day after dropping baby girl off at nan

Laura Graham, 26, who had worked at Greggs in Seacroft, suffered from major depressive episodes linked to her epilepsy

Tributes were paid to Laura Graham, 26, who allegedly took her own life on Christmas Day

Tributes were paid to a young mother who allegedly committed suicide on Christmas Day.

Laura Graham, 26, who had worked at Greggs in Seacroft, suffered from major depressive episodes linked to her epilepsy.

After leaving her daughter with her mother on Christmas Day, she is believed to have returned home and committed suicide.

Debbie Graham, 48, said her daughter left her 10-month-old granddaughter Elsie with her on Christmas Day before returning home to Leeds around 9 p.m.

Then, when Laura didn’t answer her phone and the next morning, Debbie became increasingly concerned for her daughter’s safety.

Debbie Graham and Elsie, 10 months old


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When she broke into her home with the help of worried neighbors, she was horrified to discover Laura’s corpse.

Debbie said: “I’m just in shock to be honest it’s all a blur.

“She’s been depressed for a long time because she has epilepsy.

She had quite a few seizures and she was very stressed.

“Her sister drove her home around 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. This was the last time we saw her.”

Debbie looked after baby Elsie overnight, as she had done several times before when Laura was recovering from a seizure.

But she started to worry that something had happened when Laura didn’t answer the phone.

Debbie said: “I felt she was probably in bed sleeping. We waited a bit longer and couldn’t contact her so we went upstairs.

Laura had never told people about her mental health issues


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“I have a spare key, but she had put her key in the lock on the inside of the door so I couldn’t enter.

“I didn’t want to call the police to open the door and she’s just in bed sleeping so I contacted a neighbor and he walked around and went through the kitchen window and went upstairs.

“I’ve been in shock ever since. One minute it starts to sink, then the next minute you just can’t believe it.

“I still expect her to come through the door.”

Debbie said that during her bouts of depression Laura might be like a different person, but “she was lovely and very caring. She loved her baby and was a great mom.

She added: “She used to think that everyone was against her, but a lot more people than she thought cared.

“I just wish people would talk to people if they feel like that. She had a lot of people to talk to and she never did.”

A GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral costs has already raised over £ 2,000.

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