Mum, 26, found dead on Boxing Day after dropping off her baby at mum’s house

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Tributes have been paid to a young Yorkshire mum who is thought to have taken her own life on Christmas Day after dropping off her baby girl at her mum's home.

Laura Graham, 26, who worked at Greggs in Seacroft, had suffered from major bouts of depression linked to her epileptic condition.

The Mirror reports that Laura's mother, Debbie Graham, 48, said that her daughter left her 10-month-old granddaughter Elsie with her, on Christmas Day before heading back to her home in Leeds at around 9pm.

Once Laura did not answer her phone, by Boxing Day morning Debbie grew increasingly concerned for her daughter’s safety.

When she broke into her home with the help of concerned neighbours, she was horrified to discover Laura’s dead body.

Debbie said: "I'm just in shock, to be honest, it's all a blur.

"She's been depressed for quite a while because she's got epilepsy. She was having quite a lot of fits and she was under a lot of stress.

"Her sister walked her home at about 9pm on Christmas Day night. That was the last we saw of her."

Debbie cared for baby Elsie overnight, as she has done many times before when Laura has been recovering from an epileptic fit.

But she began to worry something had happened when Laura did not answer the phone.

Debbie said: "I felt she was probably in bed sleeping. We waited a bit longer and couldn't get in touch with her so we went up.

"I've been in shock since then. One minute it's starting to sink in and then the next minute you just can't believe it.

She added: "I keep expecting her to walk through the door.

"I just wish people would talk to people if they felt like this. She had a lot of people to talk to and she never did."

AGoFundMe page set up to help with funeral costs has already raised more than £2,000.

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  • Mental Health
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