Lawyer for accused nanny demands to know who had access to baby

The lawyer defending the Irish nanny accused of assaulting and killing a baby in Boston has demanded mountains of evidence about who had access to the little girl in the months before she died.

One-year-old Rehma Sabir had been travelling in Pakistan with her parents for three weeks around Christmas. The family also visited Saudi Arabia. Before travelling to Asia, she had an “extended stay” in London with relatives.

A central plank of the defence’s case is that the baby’s many fractures date back so far that they may have happened during this period overseas.

Aisling Brady, from Co Cavan, did not travel with the family.

Rehma’s autopsy showed fractures on her left forearm, left leg, and spine, which were so old they had already begun to heal.

According to the Boston Herald, Ms Brady’s lawyers also want access to the nanny’s journals and to the child’s itinerary abroad.

In a three-page motion to the Cambridge District Court, attorney Medlinda L Thompson has said the evidence is “critical to the defendant’s due process rights and right to a fair investigation and trial”. The attorney is also seeking a list of all “occupants and visitors” who stayed with the family at their apartment from Oct 2012 through January, as well as any “communication” between any building reps or tenants and the family.

Ms Brady, 34, has been held on $500,000 (€370,000) cash bail since her arrest last month. Rehma Sabir died after suffering “abusive head trauma”, including bleeding to her brain and behind her eyes.

Ms Brady is due back in court on Feb 22.

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