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Irish nanny Aisling McCarthy Brady denied bail in baby death case

Published 22/02/2014 | 02:30

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Aisling Brady McCarthy, an Irish nanny charged with murder in the death of a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl, re-enters a courtroom after a recess in a status conference in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. McCarthy is charged in the January 2013 death of Rehma Sabir, who was taken to the hospital with severe head injuries on her first birthday and died two days later. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Aisling Brady McCarthy, an Irish nanny charged with murder in the death of a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl, re-enters a courtroom after a recess in a status conference in Middlesex Superior Court
Court officers accompany Aisling Brady McCarthy into court in the US yesterday. Elise Amendola

An Irish nanny accused of murdering a toddler in Boston has been refused a bail reduction that would allow her release, writes Orlaith Farrell.

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Lawyers for Aisling Brady McCarthy, from Lavey, Co Cavan, wanted her bail slashed from $500,000 (€364,000) to $5,000 on the grounds of new evidence.

In Middlesex Superior Court, Massachusetts, Judge Jane S Haggerty found that there was not enough new evidence to grant the request.

But prosecutors have been ordered to promptly hand over medical evidence to Ms Brady McCarthy's lawyers or Judge Haggerty warned that she would "seriously reconsider" her bail decision.

The nanny's defence team had claimed medical reports conducted by the prosecution discovered Rehma Sabir suffered broken bones three weeks previous to her death when in her family's care.

Ms Brady McCarthy (35) has pleaded not guilty to the murder. The trial is scheduled to take place on April 7.

Irish Independent

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