A woman found dead next to her malnourished baby son in Glasgow has been named as 34-year-old Ugandan.
Mercy Baguma was found dead in her flat in the city’s Govan area on Saturday with her one-year-old baby crying next to her according to a police spokesperson who said her death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.
In a statement, a charity organisation – Positive Action in Housing said Baguma had contacted them several weeks ago saying she did not have enough money to look after herself or her child.
Her son was taken to hospital and discharged on Monday 24 August, and is now staying with his father.
Another charity, African Challenge Scotland, posted video on social media of Ms Baguma thanking its volunteers for delivering food to her in early June.
“Home Office asylum policy has created unimaginable hardship for refugees and migrant households in this city. It is a matter of when – not if – the next tragedy occurs and this reinforces our resolve for a public inquiry.”
Paul Sweeney, the Labour MP for Glasgow North East, said Baguma’s case reflected the “brutal and tragic consequences of the asylum system”.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “This is a tragic situation and our condolences go to Ms Baguma’s family.”
They added: “The Home Office takes the wellbeing of all those in the asylum system extremely seriously, and we will be conducting a full investigation into Ms Baguma’s case.”
A fundraiser for Mercy Baguma’s funeral have raised almost £10,000 in just over 48-hours.