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Irish nanny to be deported after surrendering to authorities

Deported: Aisling Brady McCarthy
Deported: Aisling Brady McCarthy

An Irish ex-nanny is being deported from the US a day after Massachusetts prosecutors dropped a murder charge against her in the death of a one-year-old girl.

Aisling Brady McCarthy, 37, surrendered today at the Burlington, Massachusetts office of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, spokesman Shawn Neudauer confirmed.

She has been arrested and placed in federal custody, pending her deportation to Ireland.

Ms McCarthy had been charged in the 2013 death of Rehma Sabir, of Cambridge. Yesterday, prosecutors dropped the charge after the medical examiner's office revised its original homicide ruling.

The office determined Rehma had a possibly undiagnosed condition that made her prone to bleeding and may have contributed to her death.

Ms McCarthy's deportation is being expedited at her request and her departure is "imminent," Mr Neudauer said.

Ms McCarthy had purchased a plane ticket to return to Ireland and hoped to voluntarily leave the country this evening.

But Mr Neudauer stressed that Ms McCarthy is a "significant visa violator" and will be formally deported, meaning she will likely face a minimum ban of 10 years before she can ever return to the US.

Ms McCarthy's husband and some of her immediate family reside in the Boston area.

She entered the country in 2002 on a tourist visa that only allowed her to stay 90 days.

She does not have the right to a federal immigration hearing on her case because Ireland participates in the US's visa waiver programme, Mr Neudauer said.

Ms McCarthy's lawyers, who helped coordinate her surrender, did not immediately comment.