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Irish nanny who was charged with killing a baby plans legal action against her accusers

All charges against Aisling Brady McCarthy were dropped in Boston in September 2015.

Nanny Baby Death Aisling Brady McCarthy walks from the defendant's table after a status hearing in Massachusetts, May 2015 Source: AP/Press Association Images

AISLING BRADY MCCARTHY, the Irish nanny who was accused of killing a one-year-old girl who was in her charge in Boston, plans to take a legal action in the American civil courts to expose her treatment at the hands of the authorities there.

Brady McCarthy spent 27 months in prison after being charged with the murder of baby Rehma Sabir in 2013.

In September 2015 all charges against the 37-year-old Cavan woman were dropped. She was subsequently deported from the US where she had lived as an illegal immigrant since 2002.

She now wants to see the doctor who first implicated her regarding Rehma’s death, Dr Alice Newton, and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan held accountable for her imprisonment.

“They weren’t just wrong in my case, they were reckless,” McCarthy told the Boston Globe in an interview.

And they never lost a minute’s sleep. They just moved on to the next case. I want to expose this because I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.


In September McCarthy’s lawyer said that her life had been ruined. Now she is trying to pick up the pieces with her husband Don in Ballincollig, Co Cork, as she plans her legal challenge.

“If I don’t let go, it will consume me,” she told the Boston Globe.

I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. I want to move on.

McCarthy says that she has been unable to find work since returning home.

“I was a nanny. I’m not going to do that again,” she said.

Who’s going to want to hire a 37-year-old who’s been out of the country for 15 years?

McCarthy has not ruled out returning to America, although Boston is no longer an option according to her interview.

The former nanny is banned from returning to the US for at least 10 years after her deportation for living there as an illegal immigrant.

She says however that her incarceration has given her a new perspective on life:

“When I was in prison, I had a loving family that came to see me.”

I called my husband twice a day. Some of the girls had nobody. Some people have nothing. No matter what, your life is always better than someone else’s.

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