Aisling Brady McCarthy, 34, originally from Ireland, has been indicted on a first degree murder charge of killing Rehma Sabir on her first birthday on January 14th, reports Boston.com . According to prosecutors, the cause of Rehma Sabir’s death, “was blunt force head injuries, and the manner of death is homicide and not accidental.”
Here’s what you need to know…
1. She’s Accused of ‘Violently Assaulting” the Baby
On January 14th, prosecutors believe that McCarthy violently assaulted one-year-old Rehma Sabir in the child’s bedroom at her family home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. After Sabir was taken to hospital to be treated for severe head injuries, an investigation began. Detectives found Sabir’s room littered with bloodstained pillows, blankets and baby wipes.
2. She’s an Illegal Immigrant
McCarthy is in the US Illegally. Having entered the country in 2002 on a Visa-waiver program, she remained in the country after her 90 day stay waiver had passed. She originally hails from Coachford, Cork in the south of Ireland. If she is found innocent, McCarthy will face deportation.
3. She has Pleaded not Guilty to the Charges
McCarthy is being held on a $500,000 bail. In a hearing at Cambridge District Court, defense attorney Melinda Thompson made repeated claims of her clients innocence on Friday April 13.
Defense lawyers have called for an investigation into the amount of travel that Rehma underwent during her first year of life, allegedly she made trips to London, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.
4. The Sabir’s Were Living the American Dream
The Sabir family appear to have a perfect life. Rehma’s mother, Nada Siddiqui, 29, is a Princeton University-educated financial analyst and her father was Harvard educated Sameer Sabir, who also had a degree from the University of London.
Sameer was born in Surrey, England, since graduating from Havard, he founded a medical company that strives to make skin grafts less painful. Prior to her pregnancy, Nada Siddiqui, who hails from Pakistan, was an employee with financial analysis firm Wellington Management.
5. The Case is Reminiscent of Louise Woodward
The case is highly reminiscent of the Louise Woodward case. Woodward, an English nanny, was acquitted of the first degree murder of eight month old Matthew Eappen in 1997.
That incident occurred in the town of Newtown, Massachusetts , and created awareness of the term “shaken baby syndrome.”