'Beautiful' girl, 8, died of severe head injuries after tree branch fell on her during a country walk with her family

A "BEAUTIFUL" eight-year-old girl died from severe head injuries after a tree branch fell on her in front of her family, an inquest heard today.

Maisy Mayne was on a country walk with her family in the aftermath of Storm Ellen when tragedy struck in Bobbing, Kent, last Friday.

Emergency services rushed to a footpath in a remote field between Stickfast Lane and Parsonage Lane near Sittingbourne, Kent, shortly after noon.

Maisy was pronounced dead at the scene, while another child was airlifted to King's College Hospital in London with serious injuries.

Opening an inquest into Maisy's death today, Coroner Sonia Hayes told County Hall in Maidstone she had suffered a "traumatic head injury when a tree branch fell on her" and gave the cause of death as "severe head trauma".

Speaking of the horror accident, one eyewitness described how a woman ran towards her and pleaded for help in a desperate bid to save the children.

She said: "I heard this woman shouting as she came running across the field with no shoes on so I walked over.

"She rushed towards me and was screaming for anyone to help. The woman started crying and said her niece had just been hit by a tree.

"I asked her if she was alright. She seemed very, very panicked.

"As I walked up and down trying to help her, at least 15 emergency service vehicles came flying past me."

Tributes have since poured in for Maisy, who was born and raised in Sittingbourne, Kent.

A note attached to a bouquet of flowers left where she died, read: "To my beautiful niece, I love you. May you rest in peace. Love your uncle and beautiful cousins."

A white teddy bear was also later tied to a fence post in her memory.

Councillor Corrie Woodford, who represents the Bobbing, Iwade and Lower Halstow ward on Swale Borough Council, said: "My condolences go out to everybody involved.

"It’s so heartbreaking for the family and friends and they are all in my thoughts."

The inquest was adjourned until November 17 in Maidstone.


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