US & Canada

Irish nanny denies assaulting baby in Boston

An Irish nanny living in Boston, has been charged with violently assaulting a baby who later died, US authorities have said.

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

She has denied assault and battery of Rehma Sabir on 14 January, the baby's first birthday.

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

Ms Brady is being held on $500,000 (£316,048) bail.

She is due to return to court on 22 February.

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.

It is understood Ms McCarthy Brady overstayed her 90-day authorisation to stay in the US after entering in 2002 and never left.

A spokeswoman for Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said: "We are aware of the case and have been in contact with the family.

"We are ready to provide any consular assistance if it is needed."