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Irish nanny charged over baby's death to be released on bail

McCarthy will be confined to home and have to wear a GPS monitor and surrender her passport.

Aisling Brady McCarthy arrives for her bail hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts today.
Aisling Brady McCarthy arrives for her bail hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts today.
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AN IRISH NANNY accused of killing a one-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care more than two years ago won provisional freedom today after a judge agreed to bail as authorities review medical evidence ahead of her trial.

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Maureen Hogan ruled that Aisling Brady McCarthy can be provisionally released on $15,000 bail. McCarthy will be confined to home and have to wear a GPS monitor and surrender her passport.

McCarthy’s lawyers said it was unclear exactly when she would walk free. She has been held at the state correctional facility in Framingham.

McCarthy’s trial has been postponed indefinitely as the state Medical Examiner’s Office reviews a finding that Rehma Sabir died of traumatic head injuries and that her January 2013 death was a homicide.

McCarthy was living illegally in the U.S. and taking care of the baby in the family’s Cambridge home. She has pleaded not guilty.

Despite assurances from federal immigration officials that if McCarthy wore a GPS monitor, she’d still be considered to be in state custody and would not be deported back to Ireland, prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said the government still considered McCarthy to be a flight risk.

The coroner’s office said it thinks its review will take at least another month to complete, and Hogan said based on that timetable, the trial could start in early July.

Her lawyers had tried unsuccessfully in October to secure her release.

Her lawyers tried unsuccessfully in October to secure her release, saying she was willing to surrender her passport and be subject to GPS monitoring.

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