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Irish nanny accused of murder is denied bail

An Irish nanny living in Boston has been refused bail after being charged with the murder of a one-year-old girl she was caring for.

Aisling McCarthy Brady, 34, from County Cavan, has been living in the US since 2002.

She is facing charges of assaulting Rehma Sabir on her first birthday, at the baby's home in Cambridge, Massachusetts earlier this year.

She denies the charges and is due in court for a pre-trial hearing on 9 May.

Allegedly

During proceedings it emerged that the nanny had been living in America illegally since 2002.

The local District Attorney's office said Ms McCarthy Brady had the charges against her upgraded at Middlesex Superior Court on Thursday.

Acting Middlesex District Attorney Michael Pelgro said the nanny was facing charges of first degree murder and assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury for allegedly violently injuring the baby, causing her death.

Police said they were called to a house in Ash Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, shortly before 17:00 GMT on 14 January where they found Rehma unconscious.

She was taken to Boston Children's Hospital where she was treated for bleeding to her brain and eyes. Rehma was also found to have multiple healing bone fractures.

The baby died two days later in hospital from brain damage.

Ms Brady McCarthy had been employed as a nanny by entrepreneur Sameer Sabir, the baby's father and his wife Nada Siddiqui, who is originally from Karachi, Pakistan.

The nanny had worked for the couple for six months up until their baby's death.