Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy has said she is happy to be back on home soil, after charges of murdering a baby girl she cared for were sensationally dropped.
However, she lashed out at US prosecutors and said their pursuit of the case was “scandalous”. “They should be ashamed of themselves,” she said.
Speaking to the Boston Herald before she left the US, Brady McCarthy said she was overwhelmed at how fast things moved after a medical examiner ruled that Rehma Sabir – who she was alleged to have killed – had died from undetermined injuries.
“It has been crazy and hectic,” Brady McCarthy said. “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.
“What the Middlesex prosecutors did to me was scandalous,” she said, crying.
“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,” she added.
“I would take her everywhere on day trips. They were wrong, but it seemed that except for my family and my lawyers – Melinda Thompson and David Meier, God bless them – no one would listen,” she added.
The 37-year-old, accompanied by her sister, touched down at 6.15am today at Shannon Airport, and disembarked from Aer Lingus flight EI134 from Boston.
Her deportation from the US was fast-tracked after the murder charge against her was dropped on Monday.
At 6.40am the former nanny was escorted by three airport police officers and an airport operations agent through the arrivals hall at Shannon to a car outside the airport terminal.
Asked if she was glad to be home, Brady McCarthy – who was spent the past two-and-a-half years in prison – replied: “Yes”, before breaking down in tears.
She did not answer any other questions from the media.
One-year-old Rehma, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, died in January 2013.
An amended medical examiner’s report noted Rehma had a history of bruising and suggested she may have been prone to easy bleeding with relatively minor trauma because of an undiagnosed disorder.
“Given these uncertainties ... I can no longer rule the manner of death as a homicide,” the medical examiner wrote.
The Irishwoman spent two-and-a-half years in jail – and the last four months under house arrest – awaiting trial until Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan formally admitted her office could not prove the charge.
Brady McCarthy told the Boston Herald that what the public did not see during her years of imprisonment was the steady stream of love and support she received from other parents who had employed her, and their children she helped raise.
“They would come every week to visit me. The kids would bring me drawings and little gifts. They were a huge source of support and comfort to me. They assured me that they would be there to testify on my behalf when the trial came,” she said.
Brady McCarthy is now believed to be at her family home near the village of Lavey in Co Cavan.
She had been living in America illegally for 13 years. Brady McCarthy first went to the US in 2002 on a six-month tourist visa, but never returned home.