A blood-stained baby wipe and pillow were discovered in the bedroom of the baby that Irish immigrant Aisling McCarthy Brady, (34), has been charged of assaulting.
Court records obtained by the Boston Globe show the blood-stained items were found in one-year-old Rehma Sabir’s crib. The one-year-old infant died on January 16 after she was admitted to hospital two days earlier.
The documents show a neighbor reported hearing the infant crying for almost 90 minutes on the day in question.
“By 8:36 a.m., [the neighbor] could hear the baby crying inside,’’ according to a summary of the case filed in Cambridge District Court.
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“The crying continued and at around 9:30 a.m., the crying changed to extreme crying.”
According to prosecutors the concerned neighbor decided to check on the situation and went downstairs and knocked on the apartment door “for a minute and a half, timing the knocks and then pounds on the door in between the gasping so it would be heard by someone inside.”
However no one answered the door, so the neighbor went back upstairs.
“From her apartment, she heard the baby cry for ten more minutes,” prosecutors wrote. “It started to slow and settle down before stopping completely.”
According to doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital, the baby had sustained a number of injuries that were between two weeks and two months old. The infant had suffered fractures to her left ulna (elbow bone); her left tibia (shin bone) and left fibula (another leg bone) as well as compression fractures to her vertebra in multiple locations.
“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.
When State Police checked the infant’s room on January 17, they found the blood stained materials and damage to the drywall.
“We noted the wall directly next to the changing table had a piece of drywall/plaster missing... consistent with it being damaged by forceful contact with the corner of the changing table,” State Police wrote.
Brady, originally from Moher, Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, had been living in the United States for over a decade, after she overstayed her 90-day holiday visa.
On Tuesday she pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded on $500,000 cash bail. Her defense attorney Melinda Thompson told the court her client did nothing to harm the infant while she was in her care.
It has also emerged that the Irish nanny was in charge of a second baby on the morning on January 14 as her employers Sameer Sabir and Nada Siddiqui were part of a nanny share.
It is understood the second child was dropped off between 12:20 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Brady told the parent that Sabir was asleep in her room.
On the morning of Monday January 14 Brady arrived at the her employers home in Cambridge at around 7:50 am and woke the infant at 8:15 am, describing her to State Police as “cranky as usual.”
“By Ms. Brady’s own account, Rehma continued to play, eat, track her with her eyes and appear otherwise happy and normal at least until the 1:30 pm feeding,” prosecutors wrote.
“Based on this reported history, the fatal injuries were inflicted sometime during or after this feeding and prior to finding Rehma seizing in her crib at 4:30 pm.”
During interrogation with State police, Brady said the infant had napped from about 10:20 am. until about 1 pm She then placed the toddler into her high chair to feed her lunch.
Brady is quoted as describing the toddler as a “fussy eater who sometimes held food in her mouth for up to an hour.’’
She alleges to have fed the infant two or three spoonfuls of potatoes and eggs and her bottle. She says she briefly left the baby unattended before she returned to find the infant “slouched’’ in her chair with her eyes half-open.
Brady told investigators she then placed Rehma back into her crib for another nap and left her there until 4:15pm when she became concerned over the duration of the nap.
When she checked on the infant Brady says Rehma was clenching her fists and her arms and legs were stiff. She picked the infant up and she appeared limp.
State Police wrote “Brady got a wet cloth and placed it on Rehma’s head.”
The Irish nanny then called the child’s father, who told her to call 911. Soon after the child’s mother arrived home.
Prosecutors say Brady was the only adult with the infant after 1pm, when they allege the injuries were sustained.