Monday 22 January 2018

Nanny says US officials 'should be ashamed'

The former nanny leaving court in Massachusetts after her acquittal this week
The former nanny leaving court in Massachusetts after her acquittal this week

Sam Griffin and Ralph Riegel

Aisling Brady McCarthy said her "nightmare is finally over" as she attempts to rebuild her life after two-and-a-half years behind bars.

But the nanny also hit out at her prosecutors in the US, who she said should be ashamed of how she was treated and added she "loved and cared for" baby Rehma Sabir, who she was accused of murdering.

The Cavan native returned home to Ireland following her deportation - for violating her visa waiver - in the early hours of yesterday morning.

She arrived into Shannon Airport but did not speak to waiting reporters.

However, before she left the US she gave an interview to the 'Boston Herald' in which she outlined both her relief and anger.

"Suddenly, everything is happening so fast after going so … so very slow for almost three years. I can't wait to get home and start my life over again. My worst nightmare is finally over," she said.

"What the Middlesex prosecutors did to me was scandalous," she said.

"They should be ashamed of themselves. The police and (Dr) Alice Newton, they just decided right away that I had killed the child. That couldn't be further from the truth. I loved her and cared for her, 10 hours a day, five days a week," Ms Brady McCarthy said.

She also revealed she was regularly visited by parents of other children whom she had minded as a nanny in the US.

"They were a huge source of support and comfort. And they assured me they would be there to testify on my behalf when the trial came."

Ms Brady McCarthy and her husband Don are staying with friends and are expected to return to Cavan.

Irish Independent

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