A British mother arrested in Finland over the murder of her two-year-old son has died today after being rushed to hospital from prison.
Ayesha Ali is alleged to have killed her son Adam last month in her flat in Espoo, around 13 miles from the capital Helsinki, after she told family and friends she was going to kill herself.
The 35-year-old Cambridge graduate was being held in Vantaa Prison near the capital and was rushed to hospital on Tuesday last week, Finnish newspaper Iltalehti reported.
Police confirmed that the mother had died today in hospital.
Crime commissioner Petri Eronen said: ‘The cause of death is investigated under a strict duty of confidentiality. Therefore, we cannot reveal more details.
‘On a general level, we can say that the police are investigating what led to the suspect’s death.’
Ms Ali was arrested on January 22, three days after her son’s body was found in her flat.
Ayesha Ali (pictured above) is alleged to have killed her son Adam after she told family and friends she was going to kill herself. She died in hospital in Finland today, police said.
Ms Ali and her son are pictured above. She had fought in a custody battle to see him
Neighbours said shouting had earlier been heard from the apartment block and that when she was led away by police she was allegedly heard shouting: ‘I’ve killed my son’. She was also said have injuries to her neck.
One neighbour said a friend of Ms Ali had been outside in the street shouting up and telling her that they had been there to help her.
Ms Ali, who was reportedly working in Finland as a freelance teacher, is alleged to have been shouting back, claiming that she wanted to die.
The neighbour told the Sunday Mirror: ‘There was a friend of hers looking up at her apartment while shouting, ‘Ayesha! We’re here to help you. We can talk about it.’
‘She was shouting back that she wanted to die. The woman was let into the building by another neighbour and I could hear her saying she had already called the police and they were on the way.
‘When the police arrived, they quickly got inside the building and then into the flat.
‘They attempted to do CPR on the boy. His mum had been saying, ‘He turned blue and is very cold’.’
Another neighbour said: ‘Police broke the lock to get into the apartment. She had only moved in at the start of December. I thought it was an unusual time to move in.
‘There was her and the baby here but no father. I never saw her with a man. He was a lovely little boy – very cute.
‘I would see her taking him out to the park in a stroller. It’s a sad case.’
The woman outside was then let into the building and had stated that she had called police who were on their way.
The 35-year-old Cambridge graduate was being held in Vantaa Prison (pictured) near the capital and was rushed to hospital on Tuesday last week, Finnish newspaper Iltalehti reported
Neighbours of Ms Ali’s said their had been a commotion outside her flat in Finland before her son Adam’s body was found. Ms Ali is pictured above with her son
Witnesses said that when police arrived they went straight up to the flat where they tried to resuscitate the youngster.
A neighbour said: ‘Police broke the lock to get into the apartment. She had only moved in at the start of December. I thought it was an unusual time to move in.
‘There was her and the baby here but no father. I never saw her with a man. He was a lovely little boy – very cute. I would see her taking him out to the park in a stroller. It’s a sad case.’
Ms Ali had grown up in Staffordshire and had moved to Finland with Adam’s father Adnane Osmane, in January last year.
Mr Osmane had got a job at the Aalto University as an assistant professor.
The couple’s marriage had collapsed after they filed for divorce in May and they had spent many months embroiled in a custody bid for little Adam.
The Sunday Mirror obtained court documents which showed Ms Ali had moved into a homeless shelter following a court battle.
On her website Ms Ali had previously stated: ‘Some recent personal experiences have piqued my interest in family law and the experiences of immigrant women and children in Finland.’
And on June 22, she posted a picture to Facebook of her and Adam with stated she had been visiting him.
The couple, who had also lived in the UK, Canada and China, agreed on joint custody of Adam and Ms Ali was allowed to have Adam stay with her Sunday to Tuesday.
Ms Ali’s father Imtiaz, 73, said they were unable to speak about the case but commented that his daughter had not admitted to murder and that it was an ‘accidental death’.
‘She hasn’t admitted to any charges. She has been admitted to a hospital in Helsinki. She is an intelligent woman and highly educated. She has one masters degree, one Cambridge degree and one PGCE. It is such a very difficult time for us. That’s all I can say at the moment.