Irish nanny accused over death of baby in her care intends to sue

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Aisling Brady McCarthy
Aisling Brady McCarthy

An Irish nanny who was jailed in the US for 27 months after being accused over the death of a baby in her care intends to sue over her wrongful detention.

Aisling Brady McCarthy was charged initially with assault and later murder in the first degree after the death of one-year-old Rehma Sabir in January 2013.

The Irish woman was looking after the infant when police were called to the child’s family home in Cambridge near Boston on January 14th, 2013.

They found the baby unconscious but breathing in her cot. She died a few days later in hospital.

She spent 27 months in a prison and a further three months under house arrest before Middlesex County district attorney dropped the charges.

In an interview with The Boston Globe on Saturday, Ms McCarthy said she wants Dr. Alice Newton, the doctor who first implicated her in the death of Rehma Sabir, and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and prosecutors who a judge found withheld exculpatory evidence, held accountable. Newton and Ryan have defended their actions.

“They weren’t just wrong in my case, they were reckless,” Ms McCarthy told the newspaper. “And they never lost a minute’s sleep. They just moved on to the next case. I want to expose this because I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”

She is planning to use the civil courts to expose what happened to her in a criminal court.

The newspaper says hers is just one of several cases of shaken-baby syndrome in Middlesex County and elsewhere that have collapsed in a heap of shaky evidence and conflicting medical diagnoses.