Murder charge filed against nanny
A Quincy woman was indicted Friday on charges of first-degree murder and assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury for allegedly violently injuring a 1-year-old girl, causing her death, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said.
Aisling Brady McCarthy, 34, of Quincy, was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury. An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled.
She had already been arraigned Jan. 22 in Cambridge District Court on a charge of assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury. Cambridge District Court Judge Michele Hogan held McCarthy on a $500,000 bail with conditions that she have no contact with the family of the child, no contact with kids under the age of 10, not engage in employment or volunteer work with kids, not engage in child care services, surrender her passport and check in with probation.
McCarthy pleaded not guilty to that charge, and now must face the more serious charge.
She was arrested Jan. 21, five days after the death of Rehma Sabir, the child she’d been caring for on Ash Street in West Cambridge. Police say that on Jan. 14 at about 4:41 p.m., they went to the home of the girl’s family for a call about an unresponsive infant. The child was breathing but unconscious. Rescue workers took her to Children’s Hospital in Boston, where she was found to be suffering from subdural and retinal hemorrhaging and cerebral swelling. Doctors also saw multiple healing bone fractures. Two days later, the child was pronounced brain dead and died.
Rehma had been alone with Brady “during the time that she sustained injuries consistent with abusive head trauma,” Leone said.
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