A bloody pillow along with a blanket and baby wipes stained with blood were found in the bedroom of a 1-year-old girl from Massachusetts according to police court documents on Jan. 23. She was supposedly assaulted by her Irish nanny. The nanny, Aisling McCarthy Brady could be charged with murder in the death. Brady is already in jail on an assault charge.
The Cambridge infant, Rehma Sabir, was hospitalized with head injuries on Jan. 14 and died two days later. She was admitted to the hospital on her first birthday. A concerned neighbor in the apartment complex reported hearing a child crying for nearly 90 minutes before the child eventually quit crying. The neighbor walked downstairs and knocked on the apartment door trying to knock in between the cries, so the occupant could hear her. No one ever answered the door.
“By 8:36 a.m., [the neighbor] could hear the baby crying inside," according to a summary of the case against Brady filed in Cambridge District Court. “The crying continued and at around 9:30 a.m., the crying changed to extreme crying."
The neighbor then returned to her own apartment and the baby cried for about ten more minutes. Prosecutors reported, “It started to slow and settle down before stopping completely."
Authorities allege that on Jan. 14, Brady brutally assaulted the baby and caused massive brain injuries. The child also had a number of fractures, some that were between two weeks and two months old. She also had compression fractures in multiple locations to her vertebrae.
“Dr. Alice Newton, the medical director of Children’s Child protection team, diagnosed Rehma as a victim of abusive head trauma given the constellation of injuries and the absence of a history of major trauma such as a high impact motor vehicle collision," prosecutors wrote.
Newton noted that there was no other medical explanation for why the child would have had these types of injuries that ultimately caused her death. Brady, 34, could be charged with murder after the autopsy is performed, but it's not clear when that will be done, according to authorities.
The nanny is an Irish native who is in the country illegally and being held on $500,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty to assault and battery charges on Jan. 22. The baby's parents, Nada Siddiqui and Sameer Sabir, told authorities that Aisling had been taking care of the baby while they worked and had been their nanny for the past six months.
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