Monday 28 May 2018

Aisling Brady McCarthy: Medical Examiner reverses decision on cause of baby’s death

Aisling Brady McCarthy at a bail hearing in Massachusetts
Aisling Brady McCarthy at a bail hearing in Massachusetts
Aisling’s defence attorney Melinda Thompson

Sam Griffin

PROSECUTORS in the US have ordered the murder charges against Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy be dropped.

Ms Brady McCarthy (37), from Co Cavan, had been charged with the murder of baby Rehma Sabir more than two years ago.

The move to drop the charges comes after the child’s cause of death was reversed by the State medical office who said the death was not a homicide.

McCarthy was arrested in January 2013, five days after the one-year-old baby was pronounced dead at Boston Children’s Hospital. She was rushed to hospital after Brady McCarthy found the infant unresponsive in the child’s Cambridge home.

In a statement from Middlesex District Attorney today, the prosecutors announced that “the Commonwealth filed a Nolle Prosequi today in the case of Aisling Brady McCarthy, 37, of Quincy who was indicted by a Middlesex County Grand Jury on a charge of murder in connection with the death of an infant in Cambridge in 2013”.

"Based on an assessment of the present state of the evidence, including the amended ruling from the Medical Examiner who performed the autopsy, the Commonwealth cannot meet its burden of proof,” said District Attorney Ryan.

Aisling’s defence attorney Melinda Thompson
Aisling’s defence attorney Melinda Thompson

Ms Brady McCarthy had been living and working in the US illegally and is likely to now be deported. Her lawyer Melinda Thompson said her client was “put in jail for two and a half years for a crime that never occurred”.

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