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Officials: Nanny ‘violently’ injured child who later died

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  • Aisling McCarthy Brady, 34, was arrested on a charge of assault & battery after a child in her care died
  • Prosecutors say doctors who examined the child found injuries that were ‘consistent with slamming’
  • Officials say further charges against Brady are anticipated

A Quincy, Massachusetts nanny was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of assault and battery after police allege she violently injured a 1-year-old child who died two days later, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said in a press release.

Aisling McCarthy Brady, 34, a native of Ireland, is being held on a $500,000 bail in connection with the death of 1-year-old Rehma Sabir.  

Prosecutors say on January 14 at approximately 4:41 p.m., Cambridge police responded to a report of an unresponsive child and found Sabir breathing but unconscious.

The 1-year-old was transported to Children’s Hospital in Boston where she was found to be suffering from subdural and retinal hemorrhaging and cerebral swelling, according to the press release. Two days later on January 16, she was pronounced brain dead and subsequently died.

Authorities say the toddler was also observed to have multiple healing bone fractures.

A police investigation determined that on January 14, Brady, the 1-year-old’s nanny, had sole custody of and contact with the child during the time she sustained injuries consistent with abusive head trauma, according to the press release.

HLN was unable to reach Middlesex prosecutor Katherine Folger for a comment on Wednesday, but she told the Boston Globe that doctors who examined the toddler found injuries that were “consistent with the slamming of a child.”

Brady’s attorney, Melinda Thompson, said her client denies the accusations and Brady is in no way responsible for the “unspeakable tragedy,” according to the Boston Globe.

HLN reached out to Thompson for a comment Wednesday, but calls were not returned.

The press release states further charges against Brady are anticipated following the conclusion of the final report by the Chief Medical Examiner.

Meanwhile, Brady is being held on bail with conditions that she have no contact with the family of the child, no contact with children under the age of 10, not engage in employment or volunteer work with children, not engage in child care services, surrender her passport, and check in with probation.

Cambridge District Court Judge Michele Hogan said if Brady posts bail she will be ordered to remain under house arrest with GPS monitoring, according to the press release.

Brady’s pretrial hearing is scheduled for February 22. 

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