THE devastated mum of Eboney Cheshire has shared heartbreaking details of her daughter's final moments – and urged a girl who may hold crucial information about the tragedy to come forward to police.

Rainhill High pupil Eboney, aged 13, died from drug poisoning in the early hours of Monday, December 2, 2018 after being taken ill in her home.

This week marks the first anniversary of her death.

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Kerry, beside a picture of Eboney, is desperate for answers

A post-mortem in March determined the cause of death was Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) toxicity. MDMA is more commonly known as ecstasy.

A police investigation into Eboney’s death continues and so far no one has been arrested. However, detectives say they are determined to find those responsible for supplying the drugs that claimed her life.

To mark the anniversary, her mum Kerry Williams, 40, has opened up about the family's devastating past 12 months and urged the community to come forward with the information she desperately needs.

Police found residue from powdered MDMA in a Lucozade bottle Eboney had been drinking from.

A potentially crucial line of inquiry is a witness statement from a neighbour who saw Eboney with another girl in Sandon Close, Rainhill hours before her death.

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A sculpture of Eboney's hand holding her mum's. Her mum finds comfort with her Pandora bracelet on there that she loved so much

Her mum now desperately wants to find out who the girl is and how the drug ended up in her daughter’s drink.

Kerry said: “I’m not ignorant to society. I’m not going to sit here and say: ‘Not my child’, but she was a good child and looking at the circumstances, I want to know why she would do that while she was poorly.

“I want to know if someone put that in the bottle or if she was aware it was there.

“The Friday before it happened, I rang up the school to say she wouldn’t be attending because she had swollen glands, tonsillitis and was burning up.

“On the Sunday I was in work for a 12-hour shift, but I left her money to get something to eat and drink. We know she woke up at 4pm. Then we know nothing until I came home at 7.40pm and Eboney was sat on the sofa with her coat on with a bag of food to the side of her. And she was drinking from a bottle of Lucozade.

“She appeared to be fine and I went mad and said: ‘Why haven’t you cleaned the house?’ They are the last words I said to her.

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Eboney was just 13 when she died

“She got her bag and went up to bed. I went to bed at 10.30pm and I heard noises coming from her bedroom. I put my head down on the pillow and I heard this noise again. I don’t know what it was but something made me go into her bedroom and check on her.

“I opened the door and the room was in darkness and I turned on the light and she was in bed in her nightdress having a seizure.”

Kerry’s son Leon called for an ambulance and went to get the neighbours to help.

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Kerry continued: “The paramedics arrived and just kept asking me ‘What has she had?’ and I didn’t know. I just froze, I couldn’t do anything. They called for another ambulance and then around 11.20pm, Eboney’s phone rang and it was a girl from school.

“We were begging with her to tell us anything she knows and said she might die. She answered: ‘I don’t know but there has been white powder that has been going around'.

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“The second ambulance arrived and they sent me downstairs while they put a trachea in.

“I asked if I could get into the ambulance with her. The paramedic said yes but then they closed the doors on me and all I could hear was them saying ‘pulse, pulse’.

“The paramedic came out and told me to go in the other ambulance, and that’s when I knew it was really bad.

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Kerry with Eboney and Leon when they were younger

“We went to Whiston Hospital and when we got there the doors of my ambulance opened and I could see Eboney being rushed in while they were doing compressions.

“I just collapsed and I’m not religious, but I prayed. But at 3.15am on Monday, Eboney passed away.

“I begged them to take me instead, I would have taken her place in a heartbeat.”

In March, the toxicology results confirmed that MDMA toxicity had been the cause of the schoolgirl's death.

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Eboney as a child

Kerry added: “All the police know is that it was MDMA and mixed in that residue in the bottle and her bloodstream they also found ketamine and cocaine.

“A neighbour saw Eboney earlier that day after she went to the shop, with a girl in this [Sandon] Close and that girl hasn’t come forward at all. Does she know something?

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Eboney as a child

“Finding out won’t bring Eboney back, I know that. But living without knowing how this happened is the hardest thing. I know it’s hard because they can feel like they are being a grass, but Eboney was not 18 or 21 out clubbing or drinking with friends. She was a baby really.

“If you know anything please just come forward and let us know please.”

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Earl said: “This past year has been unbearably difficult for Eboney’s family and we remain determined to find out who was responsible for supplying the drugs which tragically took her life.

“We want to find this girl who Eboney met with in the close between 4pm and when her mum came home. The Lucozade bottle she was drinking from and her saliva had traces of MDMA in powdered form. We just want to find out what this girl knows.

“Eboney was a 13-year-old girl and her death is tragic.

“We hope by issuing this appeal on the anniversary of her death that people who were scared before can finally speak up and give Eboney’s family the answers they need.

"A whole year has now passed, and we want to use this as an opportunity to re-appeal for information.

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"We remain sure that people within her friendship groups or the wider community may still hold vital information to help our investigation. Do the right thing for Eboney and her family and help them and us get the answers we all need.

"During the last year, people who know something may now feel more comfortable about coming forward, or be in a different situation. Tell us what you know and we'll take the appropriate action, whether you come forward directly or anonymously, and we'll treat all information sensitively."

Anyone with information is asked to contact our social media desk @MerPolCC or you can call 101 with reference 1163 of 2 December 2018. Information can also be provided via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Tell us what you know and we’ll take the appropriate action, whether you come forward directly or anonymously, and we’ll treat all information sensitively.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 with reference 1163 of December 2 2018.

Information can also be provided via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.