Teaching assistant was 'thinking about ending it all' before her death

Teaching assistant who had £7,000 cosmetic surgery to look like Instagram influencers messaged her mother to say she was ‘thinking about ending it all’ before her body was found at foot of cliff, inquest hears

  • Danyell Sinkler, 32, died in May 2022 after a long battle with her mental health
  • She messaged friends and family and tried to call 999 before her death 
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A ‘generous’ and ‘big-hearted’ teaching assistant with body dysmorphia messaged her mother to tell her she was considering ‘ending it all’ just hours before her body was found at the bottom of a cliff, an inquest has heard. 

Mother-of-one Danyell Sinckler, 32, died in May 2022 after a long battle with her mental health which began at the age of just 14, and culminated in her spending £7,000 on plastic surgery to look more like Instagram influencers.

On the day of her death she had an argument with her boyfriend before texting a series of friends and family members that she was was planning to end her own life.

Her phone also tried to call 999 only for the calls not to connect – either due to a lack of signal or because they were ended before the operator could be reached.

Now Ms Sinckler’s family has cast doubt on how police handled the case, and questioned whether she chose to die by suicide, KentOnline reports.

Mother-of-one Danyell Sinckler, 32, died in May 2022 after a long battle with her mental health which began at the age of just 14

Ms Sinckler had previously had £7,000 of cosmetic surgery and revealed she had body dysmorphia

Ms Sinckler argued with boyfriend Leon Morris at a pub in Broadstairs, Kent, before getting in her car and driving away, a Maidstone coroner heard this week.

Over the next few hours she contacted friends, family and Mr Morris and told them she planned to end her own life.

She told her mother, Stephanie Eaton: ‘I’m thinking about ending it all’.

Ms Eaton replied: ‘Where are you? I’ll be there in 20 minutes.’

She replied: ‘You’ll be too late.’

Ms Sinckler called 999 three times and 112 twice during a ten minute period from 9.30pm but none of the calls connected.

Police told the inquest they were unable to determine if this was due to a lack of signal atop the cliff at St Margaret’s Bay, or because the calls were ended before they could connect.

Her mother went searching for her daughter but was unable to find her, and did not report her missing until the next day.

This was after Ms Sinckler begged her not to call police as she had been drink-driving when she left the pub.

She had sent her exact location to her boyfriend Mr Morris, but he claimed he never received the messages due to poor signal and spent the rest of the night in various bars in the town.

At 10.15am the next morning, Ms Sinckler’s body was tragically found on the beach by a National Trust worker. 

The inquest heard the 32-year-old had a history of mental health issues including body dysmorphia and that she had more recently been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

After spending a total of £7,000 on cosmetic surgery to alter her appearance, she told the Sun in 2019 she regretted having so much work done and had been directly influenced by Instagram.

She said: ‘I’ve got body dysmorphia. I just don’t see what other people see now.

‘I won’t let my daughter use social media until she’s older. We need to embrace who we are naturally.’

She was described as ‘big-hearted’ and ‘generous’ by her mother, Stephanie Eaton, and leaves behind her 15-year-old daughter

Ms Sinckler’s body was found by a National Trust worker at the bottom of cliffs (stock image)

Following the inquest, Ms Eaton told KentOnline her daughter worked as a teaching assistant and made real differences to people’s lives. She also had a business as an aesthetician, or skin-care professional.

She said: ‘Danyell would go above and beyond for people – she always had a lot of time for everyone.

‘She was generous, with her heart and her money. She never liked to think of anyone else being unhappy. If any of her friends were down she’d always want to get them out and have a good time.

‘She was big-hearted, a lovely daughter and I was immensely proud of her getting her degree. She was a mum at a young age and she had battled all of these obstacles to get where she wanted to get to.’

She said the young people Ms Sinckler worked with always looked forward to seeing her, and she had a huge amount of empathy for them. 

‘There was one girl who had been non-verbal and Danyell managed to get her singing, which was a real achievement.’

Ms Sinckler also had a daughter of her own, who is now aged 15. 

On Thursday, the area coroner for central and south east Kent, Katrina Hepburn, adjourned the inquest until May to consider her conclusion.

It came after Ms Sinckler’s family raised doubts over whether she did die by suicide.

They fear her tumultuous relationship with her boyfriend may have been a factor in her death.

Ms Hepburn said: ‘I’ve looked at these messages and I understand you are still concerned about his involvement in her death.

‘I take the view that without hearing from Leon Morris, it will be difficult to conclude the inquest. Without hearing from him, we won’t have answers to the questions you are raising.’

The pair had known one another for six years, and Mr Morris is due to give evidence to the inquest in May. 

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