Jamie McKitten managed to cope with his trauma for 13 years but he was traumatized and had resorted to using drugs to numb his emotions.
Jamie McKitten, 17, from County Durham, England had a nightmare of a childhood that left him traumatized. He was only four years old when his father raped and brutally murdered his mother as he hid in his bedroom. His dad, Stuart Cummings was jailed for life for the murder but the incident left a profound impact on Jamie. "He would say how much he wanted to be with her and would cry at night, he couldn't remember the sound of his mother's voice," his maternal grandmother, Shelley, who took him in after his mom's death, stated. Nearly 13 years later, Jamie walked in front of a train because he "wanted to be with his mum," Chronicle Live reported.
To those who knew him, Jamie McKitten was a loving lad who had a "twinkle in his eye"https://t.co/Y2cpFqAdQU— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) April 3, 2021
Jamie was diagnosed with PTSD at 12 and it is also believed that he had ADHD, but it was not formally diagnosed. "For the first year, Jamie received counseling from Barnado's and was appointed a social worker who he never met and because of this Jamie was left out by social services in those early days," Shelley recalled. The trauma of his mother's death impacted his behavior at school. He was expelled from one school and was then admitted to a school for people with social, emotional, and mental health difficulties. Last year, he was gearing up to go to college and take up the GCSEs. Even though his grades were not high enough to get him into college, he got into Derwentside College to study construction because he wanted to be an electrician.
He soon realized college was not for him and took up a landscaping job with his uncle. He had big plans for the future and was looking to invest the criminal compensation he was going to receive soon in a truck and start a business. His grandparents gifted him driving lessons for his 17th birthday. He was looking forward to kickstarting his career soon. "Jamie's behavior was up and down, when he was feeling down he would be very angry," his grandmother said of him. "He used to smash things. As he got older, he recognized his anger and would take himself away to calm down. When he was calm, he was lovely, you couldn't wish for a nicer lad."
For 13 years Jamie managed to cope with his trauma. He soon stopped seeing a counselor because he had to relive his horrific past every time his counselor changed. He had resorted to drugs to numb his senses. He had begun drinking vodka, smoking cannabis, used cocaine as well. On the evening of his death, he was at a park with his friends and is believed to have been inebriated. Coroners Enquiry Coordinator for the British Transport Police gathered from witness reports that he had jumped into a river with his phone after a call with his grandparents asking to pick him up. But because his grandfather had also had drinks and his grandma did not drive, he decided to walk.
Jamie McKitten, 17, was left in a traumatised state as a childhttps://t.co/Wfs14KtpHI— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) July 16, 2021
Later that evening he was spotted at a store using the phone to again call his grandparents. A witness remembered him saying, "You don't understand, you don't have a clue. Alright nee, bother." He then walked to the train station, walked over the platform, and when a train passed by he jumped down and walked in front of it. Assistant Coroner Leslie Hamilton recorded a conclusion of suicide saying: "For me, the most notable thing is that he stands for a minute and a half on the track then steps across to the other lane just as the train approaches. I'm satisfied that Jamie wished to take his own life, he was able to stand in the same position and purposefully step across." Toxicology reports showed traces of alcohol, cannabis, and cocaine in his system.