The Irish nanny accused of the brutal assault that led to the death of baby Rehma Sabir has asked for an ‘avalanche’ of evidence as she fights the charges.
Key to the case is the extensive number of fractures found on the baby, including many that the defence are expected to claim could not have been delivered by the nanny because the family was travelling without her.
Lawyers for Aisling McCarthy Brady want the names of all those who had access to the baby in the months before her death.
The Boston Herald reports that attorney Melinda L. Thompson has asked that prosecutors preserve an avalanche of evidence in the case.
As well as the names of those in contact with the one-year-old, she is looking for the babysitter’s own daily journals and the child’s travel itinerary abroad.
Thompson has filed a three page motion to Cambridge District Court where she has claimed that the evidence is ‘critical to the defendant’s due process rights and right to a fair investigation and trial.’
Quincy nanny Brady has been held on $500,000 cash bail since her arrest last month.
Authorities, who also allege that she spent time in the States as an illegal alien, have charged her in relation to the death of little Rehma.
She died after suffering ‘abusive head trauma’ including bleeding to her brain and behind her eyes.
The report adds that doctors have confirmed to police that they also found fractures in her leg, arm and spine, believed to be anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months old.
Thompson wrote in her motion that she wants a variety of evidence preserved, outlined in 14 different requests.
Included in her request are the daily journals Brady kept as part of her care of Rehma from June 2012 through to January 14, the day the child was rushed to Children’s Hospital.
She is also seeking the baby’s travel itinerary through the same time period, including who she traveled with, where she stayed and whether she was examined by medical personnel ‘during her extensive travel abroad’ according to the motion.
Thompson says in her motion that the child had been traveling with her family for weeks, including to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
The attorney is also seeking a list of all ‘occupants and visitors’ who stayed with the family at their Cambridge apartment from October 2012 through January, as well as any ‘communication’ between any building reps or tenants and the family.
The motion reads: “That is not limited to, complaints, concerns, warnings or notices of evictions.”
Brady’s lawyer is also seeking medical records belonging to the baby since birth, including the records of any specialists and ‘hematology and infectious disease reports.’
The 34-year-old Cavan born Brady has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery on a child, causing substantial bodily injury.
Prosecutors will consider upgrading charges against her pending the results of an autopsy.
A spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s office told the Boston Herald that they are still waiting on word of those tests.