Charges dropped against Irish nanny as baby’s death ‘not a homicide’

Charges have been dropped against Aisling Brady McCarthy, the Irish nanny accused of murdering an infant in her care in the US, after the medical examiner’s office reversed its position and concluded the death was not a homicide caused by shaken baby syndrome.

The Boston Globe reported last night that the state had dropped charges against the 37-year-old from Lavan, Co Cavan.

“Based on an assessment of the present state of the evidence, including the amended ruling from the medical examiner who performed the autopsy, the Commonwealth cannot meet its burden of proof,” said Middlesex district attorney Marian Ryan.

Earlier, the medical examiner’s office said it had changed its conclusion in the death on January 18, 2013, of one-year-old Rehma Sabir of Cambridge, saying it was not a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to the head.

The medical examiner said the child’s medical history “could have made her prone to easy bleeding with relatively minor trauma”.

“I believe that enough evidence has been presented to raise the possibility that the bleeding could have been related to an accidental injury in a child with a bleeding risk or possibly could have even been a result of an undefined natural disease.”

The ruling could end the case against Ms McCarthy, who was released last May on $15,000 bail and placed under house arrest.

She was arrested five days after Sabir was pronounced dead. Defence medical experts noted Sabir sustained bone and compression fractures several weeks before her death, when she was travelling with her family but without Ms McCarthy.

Fr Kevin Fay, from Ms McCarthy’s home town in Co Cavan, told the Boston Globe last night: “There’s a sense of great relief for everybody because people would support Aisling very well here.”


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