Wednesday 22 November 2017

Nanny asks for phone records in baby assault case

Nick Bramhill

THE Irish nanny accused of an assault on a baby who later died has asked for laptops and mobile phones to be produced in evidence as she pleads her innocence.

Aisling McCarthy Brady (34) originally from Lavey, Co Cavan, is charged with assault and battery, causing substantial bodily injury to Rehma Sabir on the child's first birthday, January 14.

Ms McCarthy Brady's lawyers are now pursuing details of all people who had contact with Rehma in the months before her death.

The baby died after suffering head trauma, including bleeding to her brain and behind her eyes.

Ms McCarthy Brady, who prosecutors say could face a homicide charge pending autopsy results, was working as a nanny for Rehma's mother, Nada Siddiqui (29), and father, Sameer Sabir (34), in Boston.

The nanny's legal team are expected to argue that the extensive number of fractures found on the child could not have been delivered by her. They will refer to the fact the family was travelling abroad without Ms McCarthy Brady in the weeks before little Rehma's death.

The defence is expected to argue that the baby's death is linked to factors beyond the Monday afternoon when the child was brought to hospital one month ago.

Attorney Melinda L Thompson has asked for laptops, hard drives, emails, voicemails, text messages, toll records, mobile phones, medical records, daily journals, travel records and immigration records.

She has specifically asked for the travel itinerary of baby Rehma from June 2012 to January 2013, "including who she travelled with, where she stayed and whether she was examined by medical personnel during her extensive travel abroad".

In a three-page document filed at Cambridge District Court, she claimed that the evidence is "critical to the defendant's due process rights and right to a fair investigation and trial".

Ms Thompson is also seeking access to the baby's medical records since birth.

Ms McCarthy Brady, who has been held on $500,000 (€370,000) cash bail since her arrest last month, has pleaded not guilty to assault charges.

Irish Independent

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