An Irish nanny that is being charged with killing a 1-year-old baby girl is now seeking a $5,000 bail this week while awaiting trial. The female suspect, Aisling Brady McCarthy, has had her defense team claim that because the deceased child endured bone fractures before the nanny began to take care of her, she should be allowed to be released on bail. The CS Monitor confirms this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, however, that prosecutors are arguing any previous injuries the baby suffered does not deny the allegation that the girl endured extreme head injuries while under the woman’s care.
The Irish nanny has been identified in this tragic case in the state of Mass. as Aisling Brady McCarthy. While 1-year-old Rehma Sabir was in the care of the nanny, the child mysteriously sustained serious injuries to her head, sparking outrage across the U.S. over the apparent crime.
"There is no question that the injury was sustained within the seven hours where the defendant was the sole caretaker," Assistant District Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald noted in a statement.
At this time, McCarthy is being held in police custody without the chance for bail. The case judge, Judge S. Jane Haggerty, has not yet provided an official ruling yet on the defense’s new request for the Irish nanny to have bail set at $5,000 while she is awaiting trial.
The defense team, headed by McCarthy’s lawyer Melinda Thompson, has said that the bail would not have to be set without stipulations. McCarthy would be willing to submit to an electronic bracelet that would monitor her movements during the trial period, and she would also be open to signing documents giving her word to remain here in the U.S. before a decision is made in this baby killing case.
However, Fitzgerald has rejoined that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have quite clearly made him aware that if the Irish nanny is indeed released now from jail, authorities would have no choice but to deport the woman charged with murder right away back to Ireland. Due to the fact that McCarthy arrived here in the U.S. over a decade ago as part of a special temporary waiver program that only allowed her to stay for three months (which she obviously overstayed), officials are forced to deport her the moment she is free without the chance for a legal appeal.
"She will be deported without any assurance that she will return to face these charges," Fitzgerald said in light of baby Rehma Sabir’s death.
Judge Haggery has not offered a specific time when she will rule on the request to offer the $5,000 bail, but a status conference on the matter is once again set for this Feb. 21, 2014.