Aspects of police case against nanny ‘don’t add up’

The lawyer for an Irish nanny facing charges over the death of a baby girl in Boston has said aspects of the case against Aisling McCarthy Brady “don’t add up”.

Melinda Thompson said there were anomalies in the police timeline of the case and that the Irishwoman, originally from Co Cavan, had also been looking after a seven-month-old boy in addition to one-year-old Rehma Sabir.

Ms Thompson was quoted in the Boston Herald as saying that aspects of the case were keeping her up at night, and she was of the firm belief that Ms Brady had not harmed Rehma.

It has emerged that the mother of the other child being cared for by 34-year-old Ms Brady had dropped him off at the Sabir apartment in Cambridge on the same day as the alleged attack on Rehma and that she had collected her son that afternoon, before 911 calls were made and Rehma was rushed to hospital.

It is claimed that Ms Brady later received a text from the mother of the baby boy in which she said how sorry she was to learn of what happened and asking if the Irish woman would be free to care for her son that afternoon.

In the police timeline, it is claimed that Ms Brady had logged on to Facebook and did the laundry at the Sabir home in or around the time she is alleged to have assaulted Rehma. However, the one-year-old’s maternal grandmother was also in the apartment during this time and aided Ms Brady in attempting to resuscitate Rehma.

Ms Thompson said preliminary autopsy results indicated Rehma had bone fractures that were between two weeks and two months old but, for the majority of that period, Rehma was out of the country with her parents.

Ms Thompson also said there was nothing to indicate Rehma was bleeding when she was rushed to the hospital, despite claims that bedclothes were found stained with traces of dried blood several days afterwards.

Last week, prosecutors in the case said the assault and battery charge currently levelled at the Irish nanny could be increased to a murder charge, pending more autopsy tests.

However, Ms Thompson said: “I have gone through the police report line by line, over and over and over again. I can’t sleep, thinking about this. Things just don’t add up.

“This is a horribly sad case for everyone, the family as well as my client.

“She is devastated, totally devastated. [But] based upon my reading and what I’ve come to know about the timeline of events, I believe Aisling Brady never harmed that child.

“We’ve got a long way to go in this case and I would just hope that people keep that in mind.”

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