An Irish nanny living illegally in America has been charged with violently assaulting a baby who later died.
Aisling McCarthy Brady, 34, from Quincy, Massachusetts, is alleged to have been the sole carer for the girl on January 14 – her first birthday – when she suffered injuries “consistent with abusive head trauma”, it is claimed.
The baby, Rehma Sabir, died two days later in hospital after suffering brain damage.
Rehma was also found to have multiple healing bone fractures.
Brady is currently being held on $500,000 (£316,000) bail after pleading not guilty to assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury.
However, further charges are anticipated following the conclusion of the final report by the Chief Medical Examiner, the district attorney’s office said on its website.
Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said: “This is an extremely troubling case, where we allege the defendant violently assaulted a one-year-old child, causing a devastating head injury and broken bones.
“Children are our most vulnerable victims and where, as here, the offender has been entrusted with the care of a child who depends on them, the allegations are all the more egregious.”
A statement on the District Attorney’s website said: “It is alleged that on January 14, the child was in the care of the defendant, her nanny.
“Through their investigation, including interviews with witnesses, police determined that the defendant had sole custody of and contact with the child during the time that she sustained injuries consistent with abusive head trauma.”
Rehma’s injuries could have happened at any time, Brady’s lawyer told the Associated Press.
Immigration authorities said Brady arrived from Ireland in 2002 and was only permitted to stay for 90 days.
A spokeswoman for Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said: “We are aware of the case and have been in contact with the family.
“We are ready to provide any consular assistance if it is needed.”
The Boston Herald has reported that Rehma’s father is from London and her mother is from Karachi, Pakistan.