News and Views
Partner of a Ugandan woman found dead next to starving baby says it’s a ‘miracle’ his son survived
The dad of a toddler who is thought to have survived for four days without food or water after his mother suddenly died has said it is a ‘miracle’ his son is still alive. Eric Nnanna has spoken out for the first time after his partner, Mercy Baguma, was found dead in the hallway of her Glasgow flat with her son, Adriel, 1, alone in his cot nearby.
Although the circumstances of the death are still unknown, the case has sparked fierce criticism of the UK’s asylum system with a charity saying the mother and son were living in ‘extreme poverty.’
Speaking to the Glasgow Times, Eric, 30, said he’d last seen Mercy, 34, on Tuesday, August 18, and was expecting her to move to a new flat the following day.
When he didn’t hear from her, he went around to her old flat in Govan on Thursday, August 20, and knocked on the door for an hour with no response. He assumed she had left the property but went back to the flat a second time on Saturday, August 22, and heard his son crying through the door. At this point he called emergency services and police officers forced their way inside.