A LEADING expert on child abuse has told a US court that she believes a toddler suffered abusive head injuries on the same day she was hospitalised.
Aisling McCarthy Brady, originally from Lavey in Co Cavan, is accused of murdering baby Rehma on January 14, 2013, in the Sabir family home in Boston, a charge she denies.
“I believe she was shaken and slammed,” Dr Alice Newton yesterday told Judge Maureen Hogan. The judge is to decide whether to allow the evidence to be heard during Ms McCarthy’s trial in October.
Dr Newton told Middlesex Superior Court yesterday that her diagnosis is based on medical analysis and reports on the toddler’s behaviour from her mother and Ms McCarthy.
The prosecution claim that the one-year-old was in the sole care of Ms McCarthy Brady when she suffered devastating injuries, including blunt force trauma to the head.
Her lawyers have accused the prosecution of failing to look at other diagnoses despite the fact that the baby was ill for much of her life.
Dr Newton was working at Boston Children’s Hospital as the leader of the child protection programme when baby Sabir died and told the court yesterday that both Mrs Brady and Mrs Sabir told her that Rehma had been acting normally when her mother left for work on the morning of January 14.
She believes Rehma’s brain injuries were inflicted between 3.30 pm and 4pm that afternoon.