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Nanny to face 'more serious charges' in US

Nick Bramhill

Published 24/03/2013 | 05:00

AUTOPSY AWAITED: Aisling McCarthy Brady is charged with assault and battery that led to death of tot in her care

THE Irish nanny accused of a horrific attack that led to the death of a one-year-old baby girl in the US will have "more serious charges" filed against her, a court has heard.

Aisling McCarthy Brady, 34, originally from Lavey in Co Cavan, is charged with assault and battery, causing substantial bodily injury to Rehma Sabir, the tot who was in her care, in Boston in January. Last Friday, at Cambridge District Court in Massachusetts, prosecutors said they "fully and firmly" expect to upgrade the charges against her once the results of the autopsy of the child's body were released.

The court heard that the autopsy had not yet been completed due to "substantial and complex medical issues" that had prevented the medical examiner from determining the cause and manner of death.

Prosecutors were granted a continuance by Judge Roanne Sragow until April 22 for a probable cause hearing.

However, Melinda Thompson, Ms McCarthy Brady's lawyer, once again insisted her client was innocent and insisted the state's case against her was weak.

She said: "My client has been in jail for 65 days. The charges have not been upgraded now for 65 days. There is an innocent person sitting in jail."

Ms Thompson's request for a bail reduction was turned down by the judge. Ms McCarthy Brady was arrested on January 21 and charged with assaulting the child on January 14, the date of the baby's first birthday.

The tot was hospitalised with severe head injuries and died two days later.

According to the US Immigration Service, Ms McCarthy Brady will be deported regardless of the outcome of the case, as she has been living illegally in the US since 2002.

Irish Independent

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