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Aisling Brady McCarthy arrested and set to return to Ireland

The Irish woman was arrested by US immigration agents in Boston today.

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AISLING BRADY MCCARTHY has been arrested by immigration officials in Boston and is expected to be deported to Ireland shortly.

Shawn Neudauer, spokesman for US Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency, told The Boston Globe the 37-year-old will remain in federal detention “pending her removal from the US”.

“We are attempting to expedite the process at her request,” he added.

Yesterday it emerged that Brady McCarthy will not be prosecuted in relation to the death of baby Rehma Sabir.

The two-and-a-half year case against Brady McCarthy was dropped after a US medical examiner ruled that the one-year-old girl died from undetermined injuries, not as a result of homicide caused by shaken baby syndrome.

Brady McCarthy – who is originally from Cavan – had been living illegally in the USA since 2002. She had been caring for Sabir in her family’s Cambridge home in Massachusetts when the baby died on her first birthday on 14 January 2013.

The Irishwoman was provisionally released on $15,000 (€13,300) bail in May of this year. She was confined to her home and ordered to wear a GPS monitor and surrender her passport.

Her lawyer Melinda Thompson has said her client wants to return to Ireland as soon as possible.

Thompson earlier told Northern Sound:

She was charged with a crime that never occurred and, quite frankly, she never should have spent two-and-a-half years in jail for no crime.
She’s relieved, scared and absolutely thankful to the medical examiner’s office.

Compensation

US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella told TheJournal.ie: “Typically when someone is ordered removed from the States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will place them on a flight home. In fact they will handcuff people on their flights they have ordered removed from the US if they see fit.

When Aisling is home in Ireland there is nothing further DHS will do as their matter is now closed as they are in their home country and no longer inside the US.

Kinsella added that Brady McCarthy’s immigration status in the US “should not preclude her from seeking compensation that is a separate matter and she should be afforded her full legal rights to seek compensation”.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed it is providing consular assistance to Brady McCarthy’s family.

Read: Irish nanny won’t be prosecuted in Boston baby death case

Read: Are there secret plans in place to ‘spirit’ Aisling Brady McCarthy out of America?

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