A high-profile defence lawyer in the US has said Irish nanny Aisling McCarthy-Brady is facing a trial by media before the full facts of the case are known.
The 34-year-old from Lavey in Co Cavan is accused of injuring one-year-old Rehma Sabir in the US.
The baby later died in hospital.
Elaine Whitford-Sharpe defended British au-pair Louise Woodward more than a decade ago.
She says the Irish nanny is being thrown to the dogs before the results of forensic tests are known.
She also believes prosecutors in the US make statements to the media to gain an advantage.
"In my view, the prosecution does it to pollute the potential pool of jurors - to basically convict her in the media before there's even been a trial," she said.
"Details about this case shouldn't be so freely available; the autopsy report isn't complete yet."