THE Irish nanny charged with assaulting a US toddler who later died had been "on cloud nine" since her marriage to a fellow Irish immigrant last year.
Former neighbours of Aisling McCarthy Brady's husband, Don McCarthy (38), said they couldn't believe the revelation from Boston that the young woman could now face a murder charge. The nanny has vehemently denied harming baby Rehma Sabir, who she was caring for.
It emerged that the young Irish woman had brushes with the law in the past. Her former boyfriend filed a restraining order against her in 2005. Two years later, in a separate and unrelated incident, she was arrested in Boston and charged with assault but this was later dropped.
Last year, a Dorchester woman took out a restraining order, saying Ms McCarthy Brady accused her of "abusing the kids in the playground".
But her life had been totally transformed since she met decorator Don McCarthy, who had relocated to the US from Coachford, Co Cork.
Neighbours said she was "on cloud nine" when she married Mr McCarthy in a ceremony in Massachusetts last autumn. The couple had first met at a party some four years ago in an Irish club in the Dorchester neighbourhood of Boston.
"He is a lovely fella. They (McCarthys) are one of the nicest families you could ever meet. It was very sad because both of his parents (Don Snr and Nancy) died a number of years ago," one neighbour told the Irish Independent.
The McCarthy family lived at The Glebe in Coachford, some 20km west of Cork city.
Mr McCarthy's father worked as a truck driver and, shortly before his death, all three of his children moved to the US.
All are understood to be in the Boston area.
"They all moved over about 15 years ago. There aren't any left around here. They are all in America now," a neighbour said. "Don hasn't been home for years," she added.
Mr McCarthy had moved to Boston over 15 years ago and operated his own painting and decorating business. His wife had worked in the childcare sector since she moved to the US in 2002.
"A lot of Cork people live in the Boston area, and we got word last year that Don had gotten married. It was supposed to be a lovely wedding and I heard that they made a beautiful couple."
The woman, who asked not to be named, said Don Snr and Nancy were wonderful, caring neighbours and their children had been involved in all kinds of community activities including sport.
"This is very upsetting for everyone. I heard about it before it hit the newspapers and the TV. The McCarthys are a lovely family and I know they will all be absolutely devastated by this. I just cannot believe it," she added.