Tuesday, November 19, 2013 6:10 pm
Mass. nanny's lawyer asks for detail on baby death
By DENISE LAVOIEAP Legal Affairs Writer
Aisling Brady McCarthy of Quincy is charged with murder in the January death of Rehma Sabir. The Cambridge girl was taken to the hospital with severe head injuries while McCarthy was caring for her on her first birthday and died two days later.
During a hearing in Woburn Superior Court, McCarthy's lawyer, Melinda Thompson, said prosecutors haven't provided specific information about what happened to the little girl.
Thompson said grand jury testimony refers to "potential shaking and head injury" but not information on when or how that happened.
"It's very unclear what the allegations are against my client," Thompson said.
Assistant District Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said prosecutors have turned over all the information they have, including grand jury minutes and medical reports.
Fitzgerald said the autopsy has been completed, but prosecutors are still waiting for reports being prepared by Boston Children's Hospital and other outside experts on broken bones the girl may have suffered in the weeks before she died.
Judge S. Jane Haggerty did not immediately rule on the requests, but asked Fitzgerald to get a report from the experts on when they expect to complete analysis of the bones.
During a hearing last month, Thompson accused prosecutors of presenting "false and deceptive" information to the grand jury that indicted McCarthy about bone fractures the girl appeared to suffer two weeks to two months before she died.
Thompson said prosecutors offered no evidence linking McCarthy to those injuries. She also said McCarthy spent only 1 1/2 weeks out of the last two months of the girl's life caring for her because the girls' mother took her on two trips outside the country during that time.
The baby's parents told police McCarthy had been their nanny for about six months before the baby died.
After her arrest, immigration officials said McCarthy was in the country illegally after arriving from Ireland in 2002 under a tourist program. She was only authorized to stay 90 days.