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The five-year-old boy finds his mother dead at home after her phobia of going outside worsened during lockdown


& # 39; Covid Broken Her & # 39;: The five-year-old boy finds his mother dead at home after her phobia of going outside worsened during lockdown

  • Katie Simms, 32, was found dead at her home in Kettering, Northamptonshire
  • She was found unresponsive on September 28 by her five-year-old son Archie
  • Her brother believes the lock "broke" her. since she could not visit her parents

A five-year-old boy found his mother dead after her phobia of going outside worsened during the coronavirus lockdown.

The mother of one Katie Simms, 32, was discovered on September 28th by her son Archie, 5, in the living room of her home in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Her brother said she had "fought" for a number of years, but he believes the lockdown "broke" her because she could not visit her parents.

The mother of a Katie Simms, 32, was found dead by her son Archie, 5, in the living room of her home in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Pictured: Katie and her son

Police visited the scene on Haynes Road in Kettering and a report for the coroner is being prepared.

The death is not being treated as a suspect, Northamptonshire Police have confirmed.

Katie's brother David Simms, said the young mother was badly affected by the death of her older brother Barry, who committed suicide in 2015.

Barry Gunn, 40, suffered from PTSD after serving with the Royal Anglian Regiment in the Sierra Leone Army.

Katie's brother, David Simms, said the young mother developed a "phobia" of going outside after his brother, Barry Gunn, committed suicide in 2015, as pictured

Katie's brother, David Simms, said the young mother developed a "phobia" of going outside after his brother, Barry Gunn, committed suicide in 2015, as pictured

Before he died, Katie was an outgoing person who loved socializing, but after her brother died she developed a "phobia" of not going outside.

David told Northants Live, “I think Covid broke you to be honest.

“She was unable to visit my mother because she has difficulty breathing and therefore could not go out to visit her.

David Simms, as pictured, said she has had problems for a number of years but he believes the lockdown "broke" her because she cannot visit her parents

David Simms, as pictured, said she has had problems for a number of years but he believes the lockdown "broke" her because she cannot visit her parents

"My father was diagnosed with colon cancer. He's got a tumor now, so he can't travel. So basically all of us were broken."

David Simms, a father of two who lives in Coalville, Leicestershire, said he collapsed on hearing the tragic news.

"We couldn't help her the best we could, it feels like we failed," he said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for Katie's funeral and to put extra money in a trust fund for her son Archie.

The Northamptonshire Police Department has been asked to comment.

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