Judge seeks additional info in Irish nanny trial

Friday 22 February 2013 22.11
34-year-old Aisling McCarthy Brady was in court for the hearing but stayed behind a barrier
34-year-old Aisling McCarthy Brady was in court for the hearing but stayed behind a barrier

The judge in the case of the Irish nanny accused of assault against a one-year-old infant in the US has ordered police to provide a list of all the people who had contact with the baby in the months leading up to her death.

Aisling McCarthy Brady’s case was heard in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The judge also ordered that all the communication between parties in the case be preserved.

The case has been put back and will be mentioned again next month.

The autopsy on the one-year-old child was not provided in court.

Ms McCarthy Brady was in court for the hearing but stayed behind a barrier.

Her lawyer said she is devastated and maintained that her client did not hurt the child.

Ms McCarthy Brady, 34, is from Co Cavan, has been living in the US since 2002.

She is charged with assaulting the one-year-old child on or about 14 January.

Police said they were called to a house in Ash Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, shortly before 5pm on 14 January where they found Rehma unconscious.

She was taken to Boston Children's Hospital where she was treated for bleeding to her brain and eyes.

Rehma was also found to have multiple healing bone fractures.

The baby died two days later. The prosecution says the infant died of head trauma consistent with severe shaking.

Ms McCarthy Brady entered a plea of not guilty to the charges yesterday and has denied any involvement in the death.

Bail was set at $500,000 (€375,000) cash or $5m surety. No bail has been posted and she remains in custody.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Ms McCarthy Brady overstayed her 90-day authorisation to stay in the US after entering in 2002 and never left.

A spokesman for the US Immigration Service told RTÉ News that Ms McCarthy Brady will be deported regardless of the outcome of the case.