Wednesday 17 December 2014

Former boyfriend of accused nanny: she’d never hurt a child

Published 23/01/2013 | 13:22

Undated image of Aisling Brady McCarthy This pic was published by the Boston Globe
Aisling McCarthy Brady
A van believed to be carrying Ms McCarthy Brady leaving Cambridge District Court in Massachusetts yesterday
Medford, MA--1/22/2013--Defense attorney Melinda Thompson addresses Judge Michele Hogan (cq). (The defendant hid behind door.) Aisling McCarthy Brady, of Quincy, is arraigned in Cambridge District Court, on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. The nanny is charged with assault and battery on a 1-year-old girl, who subsequently died. POOL Photos by Pat Greenhouse/Globe StaffTopic: nannyReporter: Peter Schwarm

A FORMER boyfriend of the Irish nanny charged with assaulting a one year old US child has insisted she would never hurt any youngster.

Aisling McCarthy Brady (34) was remanded in Boston in the US after being charged with inflicting “devastating” injuries on Rehma Sabir (1).



The little girl died shortly after being rushed to hospital after the Irish nanny had alerted the emergency services.



She has denied hurting the child though Boston prosecutors signalled that murder charges may follow.



Now, an ex-partner of the Cavan woman has insisted she is innocent and is devoted to children.



Irish-American David Furey acknowledged that Ms Brady has “a bit of history” including the fact that he filed a restraining order against her in 2005.



Two years later she was charged with assault following another incident unrelated to Mr Furey.



“She always took care of kids. She was always good with kids. I was very shocked to hear that on the news,” Mr Furey told the Boston Herald.



He lives in the Dorchester suburb not far from where Aisling Brady lives with her Cork-born painter husband. Don McCarthy (38).



The couple, who married last year in a Boston ceremony, have been in the US for a decade.



“I do believe that she’s innocent but will have a tough time proving it because of her bit of history,” he said.



Mr Furey filed a restraining order against Ms Brady over an incident in 2005 when she was alleged to have thrown a beer bottle at his female companion shortly after their relationship ended.



However, he said she had then met Mr McCarthy and was working successfully as a child minder.



“I heard she got married and was doing good,” he said.



The last time he saw Ms Brady was at Mass in St Brendan’s Parish Church in Dorchester in 2009.



“I’ve often seen her with kids and the kids she minded. She was always great. She always played with them, danced along with them. She was a bit of a bigger kid herself. She just didn’t grow up,” he added.



Mr Furey said that Ms Brady had always talked of having children of her own and loved youngsters.



“She worked every day and she loved kids. I just wish her luck.”



Ms Brady has been remanded with consent to bail which has been set at €375,000.



Her Cavan family have not made any comment on the matter.



Ms Brady is not understood to have been a regular visitor home with the US authorities saying her residency in Boston was illegal.



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