Murder charge against Irish nanny dropped

Aisling Brady McCarthy
Aisling Brady McCarthy

The murder charge against Irish nany Aisling Brady McCarthy has been dropped, authorities have announced.

The Medical Examiner’s Officer in the case has reversed its decision declaring the baby’s death a murder. The Office said the baby, Rehma Sabir, did not die from shaken baby syndrome.

“The medical examiner has changed the manner of death,’’ said Melinda Thompson, the lead defense attorney for Aisling Brady McCarthy said today.

She said they would now file to dismiss the charges against the nanny.

“Miss McCarthy was put in jail for 2 and a half years over a crime that never occurred,’’ Thompson said.

“Not just a crime that she did not commit, but a crime that did not occur. The life of an innocent woman was ruined.’’ She added.

“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.

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

The one-year-old baby was allegedly assaulted by the accused and died of blunt head injuries. In 2013, the medical examiner's office concluded the baby's injuries were consistent with her being violently shaken.

McCarthy's lawyers, however, disputed the findings of the diagnoses, and state Rehma had been sick for much of her life. 

Medical experts noted that the child sustained bone and compression fractures several weeks before her death. She had been traveling abroad with her family without McCarthy at the time. 

They also said the child was sick much of her life and suffered from a bleeding disorder and gastrointestinal problems.

McCarthy has spent two years in prison since being arrested.