The mother of a schoolgirl who killed herself after police discouraged her from reporting a rape has released the heartbreaking latest photo of her daughter.
Semina Halliwell, 12, of Southport, Merseyside, was allegedly raped by an older boy after being groomed on Snapchat before her death on June 12 last year.
The 7th grade student, who had autism, collapsed when she informed her mother Rachel of the horrific ordeal following a self-injury.
However, relatives have claimed that detectives told her she wouldn’t “want this thing hanging over her head” because her case “wouldn’t go to trial in 18 months to two years.”
Rachel has since shared the latest photo of Semina taken four days before her death sitting up in a hospital bed with bruises and cuts around her face.
This is the latest photo of Southport schoolgirl Semina Halliwell who committed suicide after allegedly being raped by an older boy after being groomed via Snapchat
Semina’s mother Rachel (right) and Aunt Clare (left) told Sky News that Semina was ‘made to feel like an inconvenience’ by the Merseyside Police
Rachel Halliwell, pictured with her daughter, says Semina was targeted by bullies before her death and her grave was subsequently desecrated
Rachel said the family received threats that they would “kick their heads in the head” if they approached the police
The family say Semina “felt like an inconvenience” to the Merseyside police and no charges were brought against the alleged perpetrator – who she had named.
Semina’s mother and aunt, Clare, said the chief detective investigating her allegations “sit there and started talking about all the forms he would have to fill out if she filed the complaint” and the time it would take him.
The detective is also said to have told the family it would be “your word against his”, with relatives later telling Sky News that police had not notified her school of the alleged incident – despite assurances that precautions would be taken. taken.
Instead, the family says Semina was forced to stay at home to avoid coming into contact with the alleged perpetrator.
Semina already found it difficult to express herself to strangers and was subjected to vicious beatings and violent assaults after reporting the incident.
Her family believes these crimes were committed by associates of the alleged suspect and allege that Merseyside Police have again failed to fully investigate the allegations.
Rachel said the family received threats that they would be “kicked in the head” if they approached the police, and Semina was later filmed being assaulted at school.
But the family again claimed that officers did nothing to investigate the attacks because “because it might start again.”
Two girls were charged with assault, while Semina’s mother was convicted of a felony after her daughter named the alleged perpetrator.
In a later interview with police in the living room of the family home, three months after the first allegations were made, Semina said, “I’ve had enough” and went upstairs.
Her mother understood that she was tired of dealing with the officers and the lack of progress in investigating her allegations.
But she went upstairs to kill herself by a fatal overdose.
Paramedics arrived on the scene after the family discovered empty medicine packs and Semina was taken to the hospital.
She was placed in an artificial coma but suffered multiple organ failure and four heart attacks before dying on June 12.
Rachel said, “It was horrible to see my daughter die. Anyone who is paid to protect her has failed her. None of them told her she was worth their time.’
“People seem to think that if you overdose, you go to sleep and die. No she did not. She didn’t at all. We had to watch her die, first her body was shut down. No parent should have to experience that.’
Semina’s Aunt Clare also recalled that the medical team sobbed around the schoolgirl as they tried to save her life.
Semina died on June 12 last year after spending four days in the hospital. Her mother claims the youngster was ‘raped and bullied before committing suicide’
Semina’s funeral at St Patrick’s Church in Southport last year. Her coffin was carried by a horse-drawn carriage as mourners carried white roses
After her death, they suffered even more when a video surfaced on social media in which £10,000 was offered to ‘dirty’ Semina’s grave.
And images of her being bullied at school were also aimed at the family around the time of her funeral.
It contained edited photos of Semina “lying in a coffin” sent from fake accounts, but the family says police have not investigated further allegations of harassment.
Rachel called the Merseyside police “absolutely disgusting” and attributed her death to police, along with “the perpetrator, his family and social services.”
Semina’s phone, which the family says is an important part of the investigation, is still in police possession.
The family has asked for it to be returned because it contains photos of Semina that are not available anywhere else.
A Merseyside Police spokesman said a judicial inquiry is currently being considered by Sefton, Knowsley and St Helens Coroner and it would not be appropriate to comment on the allegations until the judicial inquiry is complete.
They added, “However, we have and are fully cooperating with the Coroner on this matter.”
Snapchat said it cannot confirm whether the app has received requests for information from detectives for Semina’s case.
A statement added: “This situation is devastating and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
“Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our community. We strictly prohibit bullying, intimidation and other forms of unwanted contact.’
“Our global law enforcement operations team supports police investigations and we have the ability to retain content and provide it to authorities when we receive requests for assistance.”
A judicial inquiry will be held in due course.
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