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Matt Lee & Steven Rae

Archie Battersbee's mum continues 'fight for justice' a year on from his death

Archie Battersbee's mum has vowed to continue fighting for "justice" a year after her son died as she prepares for the anniversary of finding him unconscious following an "online prank".

Hollie Dance found the 12-year-old unresponsive on April 7 last year. Archie died four months later in hospital after his parents lost a legal case against doctors over the withdrawal of his life support.

Ms Dance has since asked the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to consider Archie's case, after failed to persuade appeal judges to overturn the ruling, reports Essex Live.

Christian Concern, a campaign group which is supporting Ms Dance, said the committee had been in touch to say it would consider her "complaint".

Ms Dance, from Essex, said: "Nothing can now bring Archie back. But I am determined to continue to pursue justice for him and to hold the UK Government properly accountable."

She argued that Archie's rights as a disabled person were violated. Earlier this year, a coroner concluded the boy died "inadvertently during a prank or experiment that went wrong".

Senior coroner Lincoln Brookes said that although there was evidence of Archie experiencing low mood in the last 12 months of his life, there was no sign he intended to harm himself on the day he was injured.

The coroner said there was no evidence he was doing an online challenge at the time, as his mother first believed, and his death was ruled an accident.

Archie was a member of WhatsApp groups called "Help" and "I'm depressed", investigators found, and analysis of his phone also uncovered a number of messages in which he refers to experiencing low mood, in 2021.

In a WhatsApp message to his mum last year, he told her: "Do you know how sometimes I think about self-harm. I bet you didn't. That's how harsh my depression is. Sometimes I want to end it and I think about how many people I would let down."

Archie Battersbee died in hospital after a long legal battle. (PA)

He later added "I just want to let go" and "just give up everything". He later told friends he rated his physical appearance as one out of 10.

He added: "That's why I'm so depressed all the time but I have tried and thought about killing myself."

However an investigator who analysed his phone said that there was no evidence of a suicide note and Archie had been looking for a new coat online the day he was found.

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