Tuesday 25 July 2017

Case against Irish nanny 'doesn't add up' – lawyer

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

THE US lawyer defending an Irish nanny accused of battering a baby to death has said she "can't sleep" thinking about the case.

Melinda Thompson, who is defending Aisling McCarthy Brady (34), has gone through the details of the case and has said: "Things just don't add up."

Ms McCarthy Brady (pictured), originally from Lavey, Co Cavan, has been charged with battering Rehma Sabir (1) at her parents' Boston home this month, a charge she has vehemently denied.

Ms McCarthy Brady, who could face a murder charge pending post-mortem results, was working as a nanny for Rahma's parents Nada Siddiqui (29) and Sameer Sabir (34).

In an interview with the 'Boston Herald', Ms Thompson said that her client had been left devastated by the case.

It has also emerged that the nanny was caring for another seven-month-old baby boy on January 14, the day of the alleged incident.

The baby was dropped off at the Sabir apartment as part of a nanny-sharing arrangement.

The child was collected in the afternoon, before Rehma was rushed to hospital.

"I have gone through the police report line by line, over and over and over again.

"I can't sleep, thinking about this. Things just don't add up," Ms Thompson said.

"(But) I believe Aisling Brady never harmed that child," she added.

A spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney's office in Massachusetts told the Irish Independent that she could not comment on an "open case".

Ms McCarthy Brady is due to appear in court again on February 22 for a status hearing – or earlier if the charges are upgraded to murder.

Irish Independent

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