Heartbreak after schoolgirl, 13, never woke up after parents kiss her goodnight


A mum and dad kissed their daughter goodnight on Mother’s Day only for her not to wake up the following day.

Rachel Davison had spent Mother’s Day with her partner Steve Finney and their three children, Sammi, Charlotte and Sophia.

Everything seemed normal when the couple bid goodnight to the children on Sunday evening, Lincolnshire Live reported.

Steve went to wake Charlotte up so she could get ready for Lincoln Castle Academy, but he couldn’t wake up the 13-year-old.

Despite their best efforts, the the Year Nine pupil could not be revived.

The cause of Charlotte’s death is unknown and comes as a complete shock to the family.

A family spokewoman said: “The words that spring to mind about Charlotte are: kind, gentle, caring, quiet

“She also had amazing artistic talent that she didn’t really share with many people

“We were a group of mums that became friends 10 years ago when the children started nursery.

“They all moved through school together and we have an amazing friendship, as do the children.”

Friends and staff at Charlotte’s school have also been left stunned by the news.

Paying tribute to the teenager, headteacher Louise Laming said: “It is with immense sadness that I can confirm the death of a Lincoln Castle Academy student.

“Charlotte was a focussed, quiet, kind girl and we will miss her very much.

“Our thoughts go to her family and her friends at this very difficult time.

“We will be providing ongoing support for students and staff.”

The death has come as yet another blow to the family, who have had a tough couple of years.

A few years ago, Steve was out driving on the Lincoln bypass when he had a seizure and collapsed at the wheel.

A police officer had to nudge him off the road to safety.

His condition has since caused him to have more seizures, memory loss and he has even had to undergo brain surgery.

Steve had to quit his job while Rachel also had to stop working in order to care for him.

Charlotte also stepped up to care for her dad.

The couple had hoped to have a rare moment of happiness by tying the knot last year but the wedding was postponed due to the Covid pandemic.

After Charlotte’s death, close friend of the family Carrie-Ann Houston has created a GoFundMe page in order to raise the money to give the special little girl the perfect send-off.

It is also hoped that if there is enough money left over, it can go towards giving Rachel and Steve the wedding of their dreams.

More than £8,000 has already been raised in the first day of the page being set up.