Mystery as young mum, 28, dies suddenly leaving kids, 3 and 6, asking if they can 'call mummy in heaven'January 9, 2019
Ashley Grundy, 28, was mum to six-year-old daughter Lailani and three-year-old son Maverick was found at her Harrow home in North West London just one week ago.
Police are now investigating her tragic death – with Ashley's family raising funds for her children as they wait 10 weeks for further tests to determine just what happened.
Speaking to the Sun Online today, parents Ash Selector, 54, and Sarah Grundy, 51, held back tears as they described what it was like to tell their grandchildren their mummy was not coming back.
Mum Sarah said: “We just told Lailani that mummy died and went to heaven.
“She said ‘can I phone her?’
“I had to say, no they don’t have phones up in heaven.
“She doesn’t comprehend it.”
The family last heard from Ashley on the evening of December 31, saying they had asked her to come celebrate the start of 2019.
But the mum, whose children were being cared for by her former partner at the time, said she was feeling under the weather and wanted to stay in.
Speaking from their family home in Stanmore, Sarah said: “Our last conversation was me asking her to come out with us.
“I said it would be an early night but she said, 'oh I’m really not feeling well'.”
And her dad Ash, a soul DJ, and mum Sarah thought nothing of it when they tried to call their daughter to wish her a happy new year but couldn’t get through – presuming she had finally decided to go out or the lines were overloaded.
It wasn’t until they went to drop off the kids at her Harrow home about 7pm on New Year’s Day that alarm bells started ringing, with the house closed up.
It was there Sarah and Ash made the devastating discovery of their daughter’s body – desperately trying to keep her children away from where she was found upstairs as they called police.
Now, they are holding onto precious memories of their daughter as they grapple with their loss.
Paying tribute to her daughter, Sarah said: “She was bubbly, outrageous, stubborn, outgoing.”
And dad Ash added: “She was always there for other people.
“People would go through things and she was always the shoulder to cry on.”
They said the initial post mortem had not given them definitive answers, meaning they would have to wait for more conclusive tests to finish.
Sarah said: “We wish we had the answers.
Her kids were her world
And Ash added: “Everyone wants to know, she was so young, so everyone wants to know.
“I have to say, I really don’t know. I haven’t got the answers.
“Regardless, we have lost our daughter and she’s not coming back.
“I’m never going to see her come through that door again.”
Her children are now being cared for by dad Charlie, with the family raising funds to make sure they won't have to worry about their future.
Sarah said: "She idolised her kids, they were her world.
"Her little girl is a carbon copy of her, she's got that fire in her.
"She had an independence about her, but you peel that back and she was a loving, soft person who would do anything for anyone."
A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at around 19:13hrs on Tuesday, 1 January to reports of a woman found unresponsive at an address on Sidney Road, Harrow.
"She was later pronounced dead at the scene.
"At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious."
To donate to Lailani and Maverick, visit the family's GoFundMe page
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