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Thursday 24 July 2014

Irish nanny accused of fatally injuring toddler left in her care

Published 22/01/2013|16:30

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AN Irish nanny has pleaded not guilty to a charge that she injured a baby girl in her care in Boston who subsequently died.

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Aisling McCarthy Brady (34) was accused today of fatally injuring a girl in her care on the child’s first birthday.



However, her attorney defended her as a caring nanny who played no role in the “unspeakable tragedy’’ of the death of an innocent child.



It is understood that Ms McCarthy Brady is originally from Cavan but has lived in the Boston area for a number of years.

She pleaded not guilty in Cambridge District Court to a charge of assault and battery.

But that chargeis expected to be upgraded to murder when the state medical examiner’s office completes its autopsy of the baby girl, according to Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Katherine Folger.



Ms McCarthy Brady was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail.



The 'Boston Globe' reported that the name of the victim was revealed in court for the first time as Rehma Sabir, who lived with her parents in Cambridge.



Ms Folger said doctors have already found evidence that the child had an existing fracture in her left arm and leg and that there were significant signs of prior injuries.



“It is very clear the only person who had contact with this child at the time of the injuries [on Jan. 14] was the defendant,’’ said Folger.



In court, Folger outlined the prosecution’s version of the events of that day. Folger said the infant — whom she described as a “healthy, normal, well-baby’’ — woke around 8am and was cared for by her mother and the nanny.



The mother left the home around 9:30 a.m., leaving the infant in the sole care of the Irish nanny, the prosecutor said. At 4:42 p.m., Ms McCarthy Brady called for medical help.



Defense attorney Melinda Thompson said the child had been traveling overseas in recent weeks, which included stops in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. “Who knows what could have happened?’’ Thompson said.



When the child returned to the United States, Thompson said, she was diagnosed as suffering from malnutrition, Thompson said.



“It didn't happen, Your Honor, by Ms [McCarthy Brady’s] hand,’’ Thompson said of the infant’s death. “There is more to the story than you’ve heard.’’



Thompson added,“This is an unspeakable tragedy...[but] Ms McCarthy [Brady] has no idea what happened to this child.’’



Brady was ordered to surrender her passport.

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