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Irish nanny’s lawyer asks for detail on baby death

November 19, 2013

WOBURN, Massachusetts (AP) — A lawyer for an Irish nanny charged in the death of a baby girl in the U.S. asked a judge Tuesday to order prosecutors to provide more information on how the child died.

Aisling Brady McCarthy is charged with murder in the January death of Rehma Sabir. The girl was taken to the hospital with severe head injuries while McCarthy was caring for her on her first birthday and died two days later.

McCarthy’s lawyer, Melinda Thompson, said prosecutors haven’t provided specific information about what happened to the little girl.

Thompson said grand jury testimony refers to “potential shaking and head injury” but not information on when or how that happened.

“It’s very unclear what the allegations are against my client,” Thompson said.

Assistant District Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said prosecutors have turned over all the information they have, including grand jury minutes and medical reports.

Fitzgerald said the autopsy has been completed, but prosecutors are still waiting for reports being prepared by Boston Children’s Hospital and other outside experts on broken bones the girl may have suffered in the weeks before she died.

The judge did not immediately rule on the requests.

Thompson has said McCarthy spent only 1½ weeks out of the last two months of the girl’s life caring for her because the girls’ mother took her on two trips outside the country during that time.

The baby’s parents told police McCarthy had been their nanny for about six months before the baby died.

After her arrest, immigration officials said McCarthy was in the country illegally after arriving from Ireland in 2002 under a tourist program. She was only authorized to stay 90 days.

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