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Lawyers for Irish nanny accused of murdering baby to seek bail

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Accused: Aisling Brady McCarthy
Accused: Aisling Brady McCarthy

The trial of an Irish nanny accused of murdering a one-year-old baby has been delayed while the State’s medical examiner’s office conducts a review of the case.

Middlesex Superior Court in Massachusetts heard the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is “reviewing the entire case,” including nine medical reports from outside specialists, the Boston Globe reports. 

"I think it’s in everyone’s interest to allow [the office] as much time as they need to perform a full reconsideration of the case," said David Meier, a lawyer for McCarthy.

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 on 5 May to provide an update on the latest medical reports.

The trial was scheduled to start on 6 May. 

The District Attorney told the court it was unlikely the trial was going to begin on the aforementioned date. 

A physician assigned to examine the medical reports said she needed a substantial amount of time to complete her report for the court. The court heard Dr Katherine M Lindstrom would not likely have her analyses completed by 6 May. 

As a result, lawyers for McCarthy said they will seek bail for the accused. 

Her defence team indicated they will seek bail at a hearing next week. The Irish nanny has been detained since the beginning of 2013.