Mum’s disturbing Google search before plunging to death from balcony with son, 2

A mum who calmly made eye contact with her boyfriend before she leapt off a balcony with her son searched "easy suicide" on Google before her death, it has been revealed.

Raquel Wilkins, 40, was pronounced dead alongside her two-year-old Denzel Wilkins-Browning after the horrific fall in San Diego, California, USA.

Her partner Christopher Browning said there was "an eerie silence" before Raquel stepped off a high point of the baseball stadium Petco arena.

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The San Diego Police classed the double death as a murder-suicide following the six-storey drop on September 29 last year.

The family of Raquel contested the ruling and one witness said that while standing on a bench she "again lost her balance and this time, fell over the edge".

She had already been seen on the bench and nearly losing her balance.

They added: "From my vantage point, looking at her back, it was almost like she rolled over the railing."

Her sudden decision to fall seemed odd as the pair were seen happy and laughing on the day and the family's attorney claimed the ruling was useful for the owners of the stadium, as reported by the San Diego Tribune.

He claimed: "The city of San Diego owns that ballpark, it is legally responsible, assuming that what caused her to fall was anything but her intent.

"The only way the city is not at fault is if she intended to kill herself and her baby."

Lieutenant Andra Brown said the police had come to the murder-suicide conclusion after "detectives conducted a thorough and comprehensive investigation that included dozens of interviews, reviewing of available video footage, and collecting background information to determine what led to the deaths".

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Browning contests the idea that her death was an accident and said it was "very intentional, very planned".

He said she all of a sudden stared straight at him with "an eerie silence, like in a movie".

"It was so quick, so fast,” he added to the New York Post. "Both of them went over. It was very quiet. I was in complete shock."

Another witness backed up Christopher's claims in a police report and argued the act was completely intentional.

"Her demeanour walking up was so calm. She didn’t even look down. It looked just like she was trying to hop over a fence," they said.

Raquel's mental state in the months leading up to her death had reportedly deteriorated and had broken down in front of her boyfriend before.

She had searched for tips for taking her own life on her phone the day before.

"To grieve in a healthy way, you have to honour the truth," Christopher said.

Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected].

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