Former nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy has hit out at her “scandalous” treatment by US prosecutors.
She is understood to have travelled to Co Cork after her deportation — for visa breaches — from Boston, having arrived in Shannon Airport at 6.15am yesterday.
After charges of murdering a baby girl in her care were withdrawn by US prosecutors on Monday, Ms Brady McCarthy said her nightmare was finally over.
Asked if she was glad to be back in Ireland, having spent the past two-and-a-half years in a US prison and also under house arrest, she replied: “Yes”, before breaking down in tears.
Speaking to the Boston Herald earlier this week, Ms Brady McCarthy said she was “overwhelmed” at the pace of events in recent days, after being held in custody for a crime she did not commit.
Ms Brady McCarthy is seen getting into a car after arriving at Shannon Airport yesterday morning.
“I am overwhelmed. It has been crazy and hectic. Suddenly, everything is happening so fast after going so…so very slow for almost three years. I can’t wait to get home and start my life over again. My worst nightmare is finally over,” she said.
However, she hit out at prosecutors for their “scandalous” treatment of her during the ordeal.
“What the Middlesex prosecutors did to me was scandalous. They should be ashamed of themselves.
“The police and [Dr] Alice Newton, they just decided right away that I had killed the child. That couldn’t be further from the truth,” she said.
“I loved her and cared for her, 10 hours a day, five days a week. I would take her everywhere on day trips.”
Aisling Brady McCarthy attorneys speaking after homicide case dropped. Say Aisling can't stop crying out of joy. pic.twitter.com/toPvJOPEu9— Monica Madeja NBC10 Boston (@MonicaNBCBoston) August 31, 2015
Ms Brady McCarthy said that, behind the scenes, she had received a huge amount of support from other families where she had been a nanny.
“They would come every week to visit me. The kids would bring me drawings and little gifts.
“They were a huge source of support and comfort to me. And they assured me that they would be there, to testify on my behalf when the trial came,” she said.
The Cavan woman also thanked her legal team for their belief and support throughout the ordeal.
“They [prosectors] were wrong but it seemed that except for my family and my lawyers, Melinda [Thompson] and David Meier, God bless them, no one would listen,” she added.
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