New doubts have been raised about the guilt of the Irish nanny accused of a horrific attack that led to the death of a one-year-old baby girl in Boston.
Aisling McCarthy Brady, 34, from Lavey in Co. Cavan, will learn imminently whether her request for a bail reduction and her request to be freed on bond has been granted. Her trial is set for April.
The Irish community has rallied around her family. They held a major fundraiser and many are claiming there are increasing doubts about the prosecution. McCarthy Brady is undocumented and the prosecution have claimed she is a flight risk.
A person spoken to by IrishCentral who has visited her in jail says that he is “convinced of her innocence” more than ever and described her time behind bars as “a nightmare ordeal.”
And in a strongly-worded opinion piece, noted Boston Herald journalist Peter Gelzinis claims there are too many holes in her case for her not to receive bail and be allowed to return home. He has also strongly questioned the prosecution case.
It is almost a year since McCarthy Brady was arrested and charged with assaulting little Rehma Sabir.
However. Gelzinis argues that the case against the supposed "illegal Irish nanny from hell" is much weaker than prosecutors claimed after she was arrested.
He points to the serious doubts raised in last Tuesday's bail hearing by McCarthy Brady's two defense lawyers.
David Meier - one of the defense lawyers - told the court: "Not a single tape-recorded statement from the child's mother, father or grandmother.
"No police reports about another 10 or 12 people. Instead the defense is given 150 pages of illegible notes presumably from police."
Gelzinis also noted that former Middlesex Country prosecutor Gerry Leone was "nowhere to be seen" in court.
He pointed out that since snagging a murder indictment against McCarthy Brady, Leone has concentrated on his private practice and become "an expert commentator" on the Whitey Bulger trial.
He described his replacement, Patrick Fitzgerald, as a "somewhat besieged young prosecutor...who was getting buffeted by the nanny's two defense lawyers."
He wrote: "All Patrick Fitzgerald could say in response to Meier's outrage was: 'It is what it is. I'm doing the best I can.'"
Gelizinis went on to state that the "clear-cut case against Aisling McCarthy Brady has begun to fog more than a little."
He wrote: "David Meier and co-counsel Melinda Thompson argued that what little discovery the prosecution has managed to turn over only raises more questions than answers.
"In the jumble of notes various police officers authored at the time, Meier referenced a line that said, 'No issues with the nanny.'
"But Meier told the judge that from the hodgepodge of material he received it's impossible to tell which police officer wrote the line and who he was talking to."
He added: "What is true is that when little Rehma Sabir was taken on a five-week excursion to London and Pakistan, against the advice of a doctor, her mother called the child's nanny back here in Quincy, pleading for a way to get her daughter to sleep.
"Judge S. Jane Haggerty is expected to rule either today or tomorrow on a request for bail reduction. She should grant it and place Aisling McCarthy Brady on a bracelet and send her home. She isn't going anywhere until she finds out what happened to the little girl she loved and cared for."