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'Messiah' mother's sacrifice visions before son's death

Ryan Manser
Ryan was smothered four days after his mother was released from hospital

A mother had visions and fantasies about sacrificing her son nearly two years before she killed him, an inquest has been told.

Emma Manser, 24, killed four-year-old Ryan in April 2007 - four days after being released from hospital.

Dr Andrew Blewitt, from the Cedars Mental Health Unit in Exeter, told the inquest Ms Manser said it would be a sin to act on the fantasies.

After smothering her son, Ms Manser also repeatedly stabbed her mother.

She later hanged herself in a Sussex psychiatric unit.

'Unsupervised access'

Ms Manser's mother, Wendy Richards, had previously told the inquest in Honiton her daughter, who had a history of mental illness, had repeatedly been admitted to hospital.

She said her daughter thought she was the messiah.

When Ms Manser was released from the Cedars unit, she had unsupervised access to her son.

Following the attacks Ms Manser was arrested and charged with murdering Ryan and attempting to murder her mother.

She was taken to The Dene mental health unit, in West Sussex, for psychiatric assessment where she killed herself in July 2008.

She left a note which read: "I'm sorry, I cannot live with myself knowing I killed the only good thing in my life".

The inquest continues.

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