Irish nanny had ‘violent history’

A bloodstained blanket, pillow, and baby wipes were found at the Boston apartment where a baby girl is believed to have suffered fatal injuries.

Irish nanny had ‘violent history’

An Irish nanny has pleaded not guilty to assault and battery charges.

Court records also show how, on the morning that 1-year-old Rehma Sabir was rushed to hospital last week, a concerned neighbour reported hearing a child crying for nearly 90 minutes. She described how the child’s wailing worsened over that time, becoming “extreme crying”, before it finally stopped.

Such was the neighbour’s concern that she walked downstairs and knocked on the door repeatedly, but did not get a response. The court reports also show that a section of the plasterboard in Rehma’s bedroom was also damaged, according to state police.

“We noted the wall directly next to the changing table had a piece of drywall/plaster missing … consistent with it being damaged by forceful contact with the corner of the changing table,’’ the state police wrote.

Aisling McCarthy Brady, from Moher, near Lavey, Co Cavan, is being held on $500,000 (€375,383) cash bail after pleading not guilty to assault and battery charges. Her lawyer, Melinda Thompson, said in court that Ms Brady played no role in the infant’s death. However, it has emerged that Ms Brady has a violent history.

Rehma died on Wednesday last week, two days after her acute injuries were inflicted. However, doctors at Boston children’s hospital also found that the girl had fractures to her elbow bone, shin bone, and another leg bone that were between two weeks and two months old. The child also had compression fractures in various places along her back.

It has also emerged that, having returned from a trip to Asia with her family, Rehma had allegedly been suffering from malnutrition.

Ms Brady had been living illegally in the US for the past 10 years. She married Don McCarthy, a Cork-born painter, in the past year and had been working for Rehma’s parents for six months. She spent last night in jail in Boston as she awaits her next court date next month on charges of fatally assaulting the girl. A prosecutor said she was expected to face a charge of murder once an autopsy is completed.

Court documents released to the media in the past 24 hours reveal how career nanny Ms Brady has been the subject of restraining orders.

David Furey, an ex-boyfriend, told the Boston Herald she had been violent before, but would never harm children.

Ms Brady has been living in the US for 13 years. She is one of nine children and it is believed many of her siblings also live in the US.

Dorchester district court records also show that Ms Brady was arrested in 2007, when she was accused of assaulting and beating her roommate. The roommate was charged, but Ms Brady’s charge was dismissed.

The paper reports that the 34-year-old has had two restraining orders filed against her.

Mr Furey claimed that Ms Brady had threatened his female friends and attacked him in a bar because he was talking to a woman.

A second restraining order was filed last year by Olive Scanlon of Dorchester. She claimed that she began receiving unsolicited phone calls in 2011 and believed Ms Brady had organised these calls.

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