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'Default judgment' made against Aisling Brady McCarthy for failing to respond to court papers

McCarthy failed to respond to papers served on her last month.

Aisling Brady McCarthy, left, listens to her attorney prior to a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court last year.
Aisling Brady McCarthy, left, listens to her attorney prior to a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court last year.
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A DEFAULT JUDGEMENT has been made against the former Irish nanny, Aisling Brady McCarthy.

She was accused of killing one-year-old Rehma Sabir, however, the criminal charges were dropped when the State Medical Examiner in Boston reversed its ruling last year on how the child died – finding it was not a homicide caused by shaken baby syndrome.

The baby, who was in the care of McCarthy, died two days after being rushed to hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts in January 2013.

Returning to Ireland

McCarthy spent 27 months in prison before she was allowed to return to Ireland.

The parents, Sameer Sabir and Nada Siddiqui, proceeded in filing a wrongful death civil suit against McCarthy.

The couple told The Boston Globe at the time that they filed the suit to “prevent Aisling McCarthy from profiting from our daughter’s death”.

Martha Coakley, an attorney for the parents of the deceased infant, told TheJournal.ie, that the “default ruling” entered by a clerk in the Middlesex Superior Court this week is triggered when the defendant fails to “answer the complaint or otherwise respond”.

“She was served on July 8th in hand, in Ireland, and she had 20 days to respond (by July 28th),” said Coakley.

McCarthy’s failure to do so means an automatic triggering of a default judgement on determining damages to be awarded to the parents.

The damages in the wrongful death civil suit could run into millions.

“The next step is to schedule a hearing for entry of a “default judgment” on damages and other injunctive relief which will be done by a judge sometime in the fall,” said Coakley.

Comments are off on this article due to ongoing court proceedings

Read: Parents of dead baby to sue Irish nanny for ‘wrongful death’>

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