Is she an innocent woman who spent two-and-a-half years in jail or a killer who just got a lucky break?
In 2013, Aisling Brady McCarthy was working as a nanny in Massachusetts.
She had been living illegally in the US for 15 years. In late 2012, she married a fellow Irish national. And four months later, Aisling was accused of murdering one-year-old Rehma Sabir, the little girl who was entrusted to her care.
The baby girl was hospitalised on her first birthday, January 14, 2013, after her family could not wake her.
She died two days later.
In a police search conducted the day after Rehma died, investigators discovered blood stains on a pillow and blanket in the baby’s crib and on discarded baby wipes.
They also found damage – part of the wall near the changing table was broken off – consistent with “forceful contact”.
Prosecutors claimed McCarthy violently shook Rehma and may have bounced her head off the changing table, damaging the wall.
McCarthy has been maintaining her innocence since the charges were brought against her, saying she did not shake baby Rehma to death.
Yesterday, the charge against the 37-year-old was dropped after the medical examiner reversed an earlier determination that Rehma was a homicide, declaring it ‘undetermined’, the Boston Globe reports.
The medical examiner earlier found the girl died from brain damage and extensive bleeding after suffering blunt-force head injuries consistent with being violently shaken.
But, after finding Rehma may have had an undiagnosed disorder, the prosecution could not sustain the case against the nanny.
McCarthy’s lawyers maintained that the blood-stained objects were from an incident where Rehma was injured weeks earlier.
They said she was an ill child who had a bleeding disorder.