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Friday 18 April 2014

Irish nanny accused of killing baby seeks bail

Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy, accused of murder in the death of a 1-year-old Cambridge, Mass., girl Rehma Sabir, enters the courtroom before a pretrial and bail adjustment hearing in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy

AN Irish nanny accused of killing a baby in her care in the US has asked a judge to grant her bail so she can be released from jail while awaiting trial.

Lawyers for Aisling Brady McCarthy - who is originally from Cavan - have argued that prosecutors have failed to turn over critical evidence they need to defend her against murder charges in the death of Rehma Sabir of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

They also say the case against McCarthy is weaker than prosecutors claimed after she was arrested.

They cite notes of police interviews in which they say the baby's mother appears to have said "no issues with nanny" when questioned the night the baby was hospitalised with severe head injuries on her first birthday in January. The baby died two days later.

Prosecutors say McCarthy "violently" injured the baby.

The judge has not yet ruled on whether to grant bail.

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