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Baby Death: Bloody Pillow And Blanket Found
A bloody pillow, blanket and wipes were found in the room of a baby who died after she was allegedly assaulted by her Irish nanny, investigators say.
Aisling McCarthy Brady, 34, from Quincy, Massachusetts, is alleged to have been the sole carer for the one-year-old US girl on January 14 - her first birthday - when she suffered injuries "consistent with abusive head trauma".
The baby, Rehma Sabir, died two days later in hospital after suffering brain damage.
She was also found to have multiple healing bone fractures.
In court documents, police said they found a blood-stained pillow and blanket in a crib and bloody baby wipes discarded in a nappy pail.
Brady - who is living illegally in America - has been remanded in custody 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."
Irish priest, Kevin Fay, from Lavey, Co Cavan, said the family were "well-known and respected" in the area and that there is no foundation to the charges against Brady.
"Allegations are allegations - there's no foundation to them, no foundation at the moment to any of them," he said.
"Essentially, she comes from a very decent family," he added.
A farmer in Lavey where Brady grew up described her as a very nice girl.
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."
Court documents filed on Tuesday described how a concerned neighbour heard the infant crying for almost an hour before it changed to "extreme crying", the Associated Press reported.
The woman said she knocked on the front door of the apartment for about 90 seconds, timing the knocks in between the baby's gasping so it would be heard by someone inside, but they were not answered.
Police said: "(The crying) started to slow and settle down before stopping completely."
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 with a permit 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."
Rehma's father reportedly comes from London and her mother from Karachi, Pakistan.
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what do you think?
"Healing bone fractures" suggests to me this child suffered some previous injuries, which suggest the child was abused before, so why didnt the parents or anybody notice this.
I think the child was still in her care at the time the fractures occurred shaun
It suggests there were fractures before the brain injury that killed the little one.and proberly weeks before if you take into account that bones take up to six weeks to heal.if this is the case im wondering why the parents didnt notice any bruising or nothing.her defence lawyers seem to be using this fact.still i guess we'll learn more later.
Maybe just maybe the parents knew more about the injuries
I agree with Shaun other injuries probably before the 14th if healing. Someone must have faith on her as its a lot of money for bail and doubt she could raise it
Looks like people think they have the right to judge she has been charged so the trial has yet to take place
Yes it is surmising and guess work without being on the jury.but thats what these forums are for. To debate.guilty or not guilty.whats your opinion.or are you gonna sit on the fence until the jury find her guilty and then turn around and agree with the jury and and say. See i was right all along.
Or, on the other side of that coin shaun, perhaps Paul intends to not prejudge someone before a trial has even begun. If she's found guilty, then we can say what a terrible person she is. And how could Paul say he was right all along when he hasn't made a judgement either way?
Exactly, EB, Paul never said he was right. And we've heard this cassette before, I won't mention names, but a British girl was similarly and wrongly accused a few years ago, and also jailed for a while. Again in the good old USof A.
Nope - I am going to judge - she was about 11 years out of visa! On that score, she's a bad egg, regardless of the new claims, on which I won't judge her as I don't know if she laid a finger on the baby!
I'm going to get shot for this, but why were the parents employing a girl who was allegedly living illegally in America ? When will parents of substantial means start to look after their own children without the ''status symbol'' of a nanny or au-pair ? It seems that the parents may not be naturalised Americans, so Shaun, it may be wise to ''sit on the fence'' for now.