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Irish nanny to spend year in jail before trial


Aisling McCarthy Brady. Photo: AP

Aisling McCarthy Brady. Photo: AP

Aisling McCarthy Brady. Photo: AP

IRISH nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy will spend the next 11 months in jail as she prepares to go on trial for the murder of a one-year-old baby.

A court in Massachusetts has set April 7 as the provisional start date for the trial, with the authorities refusing to grant bail to the Cavan woman.

Brady McCarthy (34) was not in court yesterday when the trial date was announced.



She previously pleaded not guilty to the murder of one-year-old Rehma Sabir in Cambridge, Mass. in January.

Brady McCarthy, originally from Lavey, Co Cavan, has been held without bail since shortly after her arrest.

She was originally charged with assault and battery, but murder charges were sought after medical examiners ruled that Sabir had died from blunt force head injuries.

Court records revealed that a blood-stained pillow and blanket had been found in the baby's bedroom.

Prosecutors say the infant was a victim of "abusive head trauma" and that Ms Brady McCarthy had sole care of her on January 14, when she was found unresponsive in her crib.

She died two days later. Prosecutors have already claimed that child's injuries were consistent with "violent shaking and impact to the head".

Brady McCarthy is originally from the Moher area in Co Cavan, where her mother, Margaret, and other family still live.

She left Ireland for Massachusetts 10 years ago.

She entered the US in August 2002 on a 90-day visa, but US authorities say she never left and has been residing there as an illegal immigrant.

Ms McCarthy tied the knot with her Irish husband, Cork painter Donald McCarthy, in Boston in September.

She has worked with children for 13 years.