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Irish nanny accused of murdering baby under house arrest while on bail

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
Bail: McCarthy must remain under house arrest at all times
Bail: McCarthy must remain under house arrest at all times

An Irish nanny accused of murdering a one-year-old baby will spend at least six months on house arrest while out on bail.

The murder trial of Aisling Brady McCarthy has been delayed until October after scheduling conflicts among witnesses and jury members over the summer months. It was initially supposed to begin earlier this month but the trial has been delayed on several occasions. 

McCarthy, originally from Cavan, is accused of murdering Rehma Sabir (1), who was in her care.

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, claim the findings of the diagnoses, and state Rehma had been sick for much of her life. 
 
At the pre-trial hearing the presiding judge instructed legal teams for the State and the accused to return to court to provide an update on the latest medical reports.
 
Her lawyers successfully argued for bail to be granted to McCarthy, who has been in prison since January 2013.
 
Under conditions set by the court, Ms McCarthy must remain under house arrest at all times and wear a GPS tracking device.
 
She was forced to give her passport to US authorities but will be allowed to leave her home for court dates, meetings with her attorneys and doctor appointments.
 
Ms McCarthy has been in prison since January 2013, when she was charged with killing one-year-old Rehma Sabir who was in her care.