Published: 18:14, 21 October 2019
| Updated: 21:25, 21 October 2019
The grief-stricken mum of a six-year-old girl who drowned on Margate beach says her life has been destroyed by her daughter's tragic death.
Camille Remekie says she made the "worst mistake" of her life when she allowed estranged family friends to take Dajahnel Young on a trip to the seaside town last July.
Dajahnel Young's mum speaks out after the inquest into her death
Dajahnel - known by her middle name Amazin - was found lifeless in the water near the harbour arm after going missing on the busy beach.
A lengthy inquest into the tragedy concluded today - with coroner Alan Blunsdon finding her death was "accidental".
Miss Remekie broke down in tears after the coroner ruled the actions of Cynthia and Roy Robinson - who took Amazin to the beach - did not amount to negligence.
Speaking after the inquest, the 32-year-old described her only daughter as a "happy, bubbly, friendly" little girl who "loved life".
"She was everything to me - my whole life was basically living for her," she said.
"Everything's just destroyed.
"I don't even know what's going on in my life at the moment. I can't focus to do anything."
Miss Remekie, from Croydon, was formerly a hairdresser, but has not worked since Amazin's death, and says she has been struggling financially.
"After the funeral everybody just went their own direction," she said. "Nobody supported me, they did not even come to the inquest.
"I think people are looking at it like I'm the one that's in the wrong.
"I blame myself. I didn't want to send my child."
Following a falling-out, Miss Remekie had not spoken to Mrs Robinson for almost two years before Amazin's death.
But Miss Remekie allowed her daughter to go on the beach trip because Amazin was good friends with the Robinsons' daughter, and she "wanted her to enjoy herself".
"I made the worst mistake of my life and I have to be paying for it every single day, in the most horrible way," she said.
"I'm a prayerful person, but today I don't even know where I stand because I don't believe that the truth came out."
Miss Remekie was at work on July 28 last year, when she received a phone call from policeto tell her what had happened.
"When I heard the person say 'is this Camille?' I dropped the phone," she said. "I had a feeling that something wasn't right.
Amazin on her first day of school
"My cousin Denise took the phone, and Denise was talking to one of the doctors.
"They said the police are going to come and take me to Margate.
"When we got to the hospital I saw Tia [Mrs Robinson].
"I said to her 'it's OK, I know accidents do happen', but I didn't know Amazin was dead at that point.
"I was in the room and I held my baby."
"I don't want to go through this again. It's not going to bring her back..." - Camille Remekie
Miss Remekie called Mrs Robinson's sister, a close friend, and began to pray.
"Tia came into the room and she was crying, she couldn't pray with me," she continued.
"They left, with the baby dead in my hands. She said she has to go and look after her children."
Recounting the last time she spoke to Amazin, Miss Remekie said: "She was in the van.
"She said to me 'mummy, I'm going to tell you I love you now'.
"I don't know what's going to happen. I don't even know how to go forward.
"I don't want to go through this again. I can't go through it again. Because she's not going to come back. It's not going to bring her back."
Following a five-day inquest earlier this month, Mr Blunsdon today concluded there had been no negligence on the part of Mr and Mrs Robinson, who had been caring for Amazin along with seven other children aged 12 and under on the day she died.
He said: "A moment of inattention of a parent is a nightmare faced by many parents on a daily basis.
"Indeed on Margate beach on July 28 it was the very nightmare experienced by approximately 25 parents.
"I do not feel the conduct of Mr and Mrs Robinson meets the threshold for evidence of a gross failure."
The inquest previously heard from the RNLI that 25 children had gone missing on Margate beach that day, all of whom were returned to their parents, except Amazin.
Responding to the coroner's conclusion, the Robinson family released a statement through their solicitors, saying: "Mr and Mrs Robinson are pleased that the coroner has found that the loss of Amazin was a tragic accident as they have always explained.
"But nobody ‘won’ today. This remains the most profound and terrible loss imaginable.
"Mr and Mrs Robinson and their whole family loved both Amazin and her mum, Camille, dearly and will miss and remember Amazin always."
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