The US lawyer who is defending an Irish nanny accused of causing fatal injuries to a baby has said that she “can’t sleep” thinking about the case that is ahead of her because “things just don’t add up.”
The Irish Independent reports that nanny Aisling McCarthy Brady, originally from Cavan, has been charged with severely beating Rehma Sabir, a one year old child, at her parents’ home in Boston.
Ms McCarthy Brady, who could face a murder charge pending post-mortm results, has denied that she caused any harm to the child, who was left in her care.
Melinda Thompson, the laywer defending the Irish nanny, has said that her client is devastated by the case.
It is being alleged that Ms McCarthy Brady caused severe injuries to the child on Monday, January 14th. Police were called to the home of the family where they found the child breathing but unconscious. The child was immediately rushed to the Children’s Hospital in Boston where she was found to be suffering from haemorrhaging of the eyes and swelling of the brain. Doctors noted that there were also numerous older bone fractures to the child that were still in the process of healing.
The incident took place near Boston in the United States
It has also emerged that Ms McCarthy Brady was caring for another baby on the same day that the incident occured. The seven-month-old baby boy was dropped off at the Sabir apartment as part of a nanny-sharing arrangement. According to reports, the child was collected in the afternoon, before Rehma Sabir was rushed to hospital with fatal injuries.
“I have gone through the police report line by line, over and over again. I can’t sleep, thinking about this. Thing just don’t add up,” said Ms Thompson, speaking about the case.
“I believe Aisling Brady never harmed that child,” she added.
“Tis is an extremely troubling case, where we allege the defendant violently assaulted a one-year-old child, causing a devastating head injury and broken bones,” said Gerry Leone, the Middlesex District Attorney.
Ms McCarthy Brady is due to appear in court again on February 22 for a status hearing, although she could appear before a judge earlier if the charges against her are upgraded to murder.