Irish nanny Aisling McCarthy Brady pleads not guilty to charges she murdered girl in her care

WOBURN  - Irish nanny Aisling McCarthy Brady pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder and assault and battery on a child in Middlesex Superior Court today. She was ordered held without bail.
WOBURN - Irish nanny Aisling McCarthy Brady pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder and assault and battery on a child in Middlesex Superior Court today. She was ordered held without bail. Credit: Bizuayehu Tesfaye,AP/POOL

WOBURN —The Irish nanny accused of fatally beating a 1-year-old was ordered held without bail today.

In a tearful voice, Aisling McCarthy Brady pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and assault and battery on a child at her arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court today.

Brady had been held on $500,000 cash bail since shortly after her arrest in January.

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Brady, 34, had originally been charged with assault and battery on a child in connection with the death of Rehma Sabir, but murder charges were sought after medical examiners ruled that Sabir had died from blunt force head injuries.

In court today, Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said the infant was a victim of “abusive head trauma” and that Brady had sole care of the baby on Jan. 14, when she was found unresponsive in her crib. She died two days later.

Fitzgerald said the child’s injuries were consistent with “violent shaking and impact to the head.”

Fitzgerald also argued that Brady, an Irish native who has been living in the country illegally, was a flight risk. If she requested to be deported, the Irish government would not extradite her because the charge is a capital crime, he told the judge.

But Melinda Thompson, Brady’s lawyer, said her client would agree to stay in the United States.

“She wants to answer to these charges,’’ Thompson said. “She wants to clear her name.”

As she has done in previous court hearings, Thompson forcefully declared her client’s innocence.

“The wrong person has been charged with this crime,” she said.

Thompson noted that Brady did not care for the child in December and that the medical examiner’s office found fractures that were between two weeks and two months old. She also said the child had been sick and diagnosed with malnutrition.

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