Murder charge against Irish nanny in US dropped

Murder charge against Irish nanny in US dropped

PROSECUTORS in the US have ordered that the charges against an Irish nanny accused of murdering a baby girl be dropped.

Cavan native Aisling Brady McCarthy, 37, was accused of killing one-year-old Rehma Sabir in Massachusetts in 2013.

She spent the last two years in jail and was released on bail in May.

The case was dropped after the State medical office reversed the finding that the baby’s death was caused by shaken baby syndrome.

The cause of death is stated to be “undetermined.”

McCarthy was arrested in January 2013, five days after the one-year-old baby was pronounced dead at Boston Children’s Hospital.

The baby was left in McCarthy’s care on January 14 after her parents left for work that morning.

But she became unresponsive and McCarthy rushed her to hospital.

McCarthy's lawyer Melinda Thompson said: "It was a tragedy that a child died, but, quite frankly, the way this prosecution was handled was a complete disgrace."

The state medical examiner said that Rehma had previous medical issues and could have had an undiagnosed disorder.

Marian Ryan, the district attorney for Middlesex in Massachusetts, said: "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."

McCarthy had been living and working in the US illegally and could now face deportation.