Mystery after mother, 19, and her unborn baby found dead in bathroom by her devastated partner
A young mother who was due to give birth in three weeks has been found dead in the bathroom by her devastated partner.
Hayley Wilton was only 19 years old.
Her childhood sweetheart, Ashley Culverwell, made the discovery on Sunday morning after getting out of bed. The cause of Hayley's death is a mystery although it is not being treated as suspicious.
Family tragedy: Hayley Wilton, 19, and partner Ashley Culverwell. The young mother was found dead on Sunday morning. She was due to give birth in three weeks
Hayley already had two children with Ashley, and her family say she was overjoyed at the prospect of becoming a mum again.
But paramedics were unable to save Hayley and she was pronounced dead at her home in Clayton, Staffordshire, at 9am.
The mother to three-year-old Maisy and 17-month-old Melissa had been due to give birth on March 11 to a little girl she had already named Esmae-Rose.
Now stunned friends and family are waiting for the results of today’s post-mortem examination to find out why the popular teenager died.
Flowers have been laid outside the couple’s home following Hayley’s death.
Hayley’s mum Judith Wilton, 49, said: 'We can’t believe what has happened. It has come as a shock, because we had no indication anything was going wrong.
'Hayley had complained about pregnancy pains, but it was just normal things you get when you’re about to have a baby. She had been for scans and everything seemed okay.
'I saw her on Thursday and she was fine. Her girls were sat colouring and Hayley was as happy as Larry.
'Now she is gone and we have no idea why.'
Stunned friends and family are waiting for the results of today's
post-mortem examination to find out why the popular teenager, pictured
with Ashley, died
Judith had assumed Hayley’s contractions had started when she was called by a frantic Ashley on Sunday morning. But instead she found out her daughter had died.
Mrs Wilton said: 'I thought Hayley had gone into labour when I first got the phone call from Ash.
'He told me to go over quickly because he thought she had died. I went straight down but she had already gone. I didn’t get to see her properly.
'I can’t believe it is true. She was only 19. I never thought I would be planning her funeral. To lose my unborn granddaughter as well makes it twice as bad to deal with. I’m trying my best to get through it, but I can’t even eat.'
Hayley’s closest family and friends are now supporting each other as they come to terms with her death.
Ashley’s mum Sharon Culverwell, 49, said: 'We are all very shocked and upset about Hayley’s death. We were expecting a baby, not this.
'It’s really hard not knowing what happened.'
Police are not treating the former Clayton High School pupil’s death as suspicious and Hayley’s family have said they will begin her funeral arrangements within the next few days.
Young mother: Hayley pictured with one of her two children. She had been with Ashley for six years
Dozens of tributes have been left in Hayley’s memory on Facebook.
One of her friends has started a collection to raise money for a horse and carriage at her funeral.
Hayley’s large family has also vowed do all they can to help partner Ashley Culverwell and their two children.
Judith said: 'Hayley was a brilliant mum. She loved her kids very much and was so excited to be having another baby. She had got everything ready for the birth.
'We are a close family and all live near each other so we’ll get through it, but it will be hard.'
Hayley’s family say she was a straight-forward person who spoke her mind, was happiest when she was with Ashley and her daughters, and was extremely close to her three sisters.
Mrs Wilton added: 'Hayley wasn’t scared of anything and didn’t let anything get her down.
'She could put her foot down when she wanted to and would stand up for herself.
Hayley and Ashley had been together for around six years.
Hayley's mother, Judith, said 'Hayley was a brilliant mum. She loved her kids very much and was so excited to be having another baby'
They spent time living with Ashley’s mum Sharon Culverwell in Clayton, before moving into their own home in the Staffordshire suburb.
Sharon first met Hayley when she worked as a dinner lady at Seabridge Primary School, where Hayley was a pupil.
Sharon said: 'I have known Hayley for a long time. She was a lovely girl and had the nickname Mouse at junior school because she was so little.
'We all loved her, we will all miss her and I know it will hit Ash. They loved each other so much. They couldn’t let go of each other.'
Hayley’s grandmother Margaret Wilton said she last saw Hayley on Tuesday last week.
The 78-year-old, who has 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, said: 'It was my birthday when I last saw Hayley.
'She came round with a card and a lovely rose. I’ll treasure that forever.
'I was devastated when I found out she had died. Hayley would often pop in to see me and she always seemed fine.'
On Facebook, friends left tributes to the young mum who never saw the birth of her third daughter.
Michele Henry posted: 'R.I.P. Hayley Wilton God be with you and your little girl. Such a sad day. x'