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Brit teacher, 35, cried ‘I’ve killed my son’ as toddler, 2, found dead in her flat after custody battle in Finland

THE British mother charged with killing her toddler in Finland has been identified as a 35-year-old Cambridge graduate.

Ayesha Ali, 35, was arrested amid a murder probe on Wednesday – four days after her two-year-old son Adam was found dead in her apartment.

The Sunday Mirror report police broke into her apartment in Espoo, near Helsinki, on Sunday after she allegedly told friends and family she was going to kill herself.

Upon arrival police found Adam was not breathing, and Ayesha had an injury to her neck.

Witnesses claim she was led away in a wheelchair repeatedly saying: “I’ve killed my son, I’ve killed my son!”

An anonymous neighbour revealed she heard a female’s voice shouting from outside the apartment block, which alerted her to the shocking ordeal.

She said: “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.”

Ayesha, a freelance English teacher originally from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs, moved to Finland with Adam and his dad Adnane Osmane in January last year, after Adnane got a job as an assistant professor of physics at Aalto University.

Their eight-year marriage ended shortly after the move, with Adnane filing for divorce in May and launching a child custody bid.

Court documents obtained by the Sunday Mirror show a court battle commenced and Ayesha moved into a homeless shelter.

Ayesha and Adnane, who previously lived in Canada, the UK and China – and were also in Finland from 2013 to 2016 – eventually agreed to share custody of their son.

Documents show he stayed with his mother every Sunday to Tuesday.

Ayesha’s father Imtiaz, 73, said last night: “The case is being handled by the solicitors over there and we have been told not to speak.”

Despite police in Helsinki issuing a statement saying Ayesha had admitted killing Adam, her father claimed: “It was an accidental death. She hasn’t admitted to murder.”

He added: “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.”

The Foreign Office said: “We are in contact with the Finnish authorities.”

Ayesha appeared in court charged with homicide and will reappear in April.

A police spokesman said the mother had “acknowledged the deed”.

"No other persons have been in the apartment and no other persons are involved in the incident.”

"West Nyland District Court has arrested her. Both the suspect and the victim are UK citizens.”

"The police department in Western Uusimaa investigates the case as murder.”

"Due to the rules of the Preliminary Investigation Act regarding the publicity of the preliminary investigation material, we are unable to provide further information at this stage."


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