Aisling McCarthy Brady, 34, is expected to learn in days whether she faces a murder charge over the death of Rehma Sabir whom she cared for in Massachusetts.
Fr Kevin Fay, priest in Lavey, Co Cavan, where the Brady family were raised, said they were well-known and respected. “It is an allegation at the moment,” he said. “Allegations are allegations — there’s no foundation to them, no foundation at the moment to any of them.”
Ms Brady was remanded in Boston in the US after being charged with inflicting “devastating” injuries on Rehma Sabir.
The little girl died shortly after being rushed to hospital. Ms Brady had alerted the emergency services.
She has denied hurting the child, though Boston prosecutors signalled that murder charges may follow.
A former boyfriend, David Furey, said the last time he saw Ms Brady was at Mass in Dorchester in 2009.
“I’ve often seen her with kids and the kids she minded. She was always great. She always played with them, danced along with them. She was a bit of a bigger kid herself. She just didn’t grow up,” he said.
But a neighbour told the Boston Herald she was aggressive and violent. Thomas Collins said that when he heard the woman worked as a nanny, it even crossed his mind to tell her employers about her past.
Mr Collins, an ironworker, said he had lived above Ms Brady and her new husband for at least five years on Beale St, and had numerous confrontations with her.
“She’s all 90lbs and she’d literally be in my face yelling at me”, said Mr Collins.
However, Ms Brady also volunteered with a church group. Interfaith Social Services executive director Rick Doane described her as a pleasant person who had helped stock shelves and hand out food, but not for about two years.
The little girl who died last week, Rehma Sabir was the daughter of a London-born, Harvard and MIT-educated entrepreneur, Sameer Sabir.
Her mother, Nada Siddiqui, 29, is a Princeton University-educatedfinancial analyst who had most recently worked for industry giant Wellington Management. She is originally from Karachi, Pakistan.
By 11pm last night, around 450 people had liked a “Support Aisling McCarthy Brady” Facebook page.