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Irish nanny due in Boston court today over baby death

Aisling McCarthy Brady who is originally from Cavan will face charges of assault and battery of a 1-year-old child.

Aisling McCarthy Brady
Aisling McCarthy Brady
Image: Middlesex District Attorney

AN IRISH NANNY accused of the assault and battery of a 1-year-old child who later died is due to appear before a Boston court today.

Aisling McCarthy Brady, 34, who is originally from Cavan but has been living in Boston for several years, will attend a pretrial hearing later today in connection with the death of baby Rehma Sabir.

It will be her first appearance before Cambridge District court since 22 January when she pleaded not guilty to the charges.

McCarthy Brady has been held on $500,000 bail since she was arrested in January.

Police were called to a house in Boston where she worked as a nanny on the afternoon of 14 January. There, they found the baby in her care to be breathing but unconscious.

Rehma Sabir was discovered to have a brain haemorrhage and cerebral swelling, as well as “multiple” healing bone fractures. The baby was pronounced brain dead on 16 January and subsequently died.

It is alleged that McCarthy Brady was the only person who had contact with the baby during the period when she sustained the injuries.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone has said the case is “extremely troubling”.

“Children are our most vulnerable victims and where, as here, the offender has been entrusted with the case of a child who depends on them, the allegations are all the more egregious,” he said.

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